Tonawanda News — “Finally when I got off treatment I was a mess. I was 6-foot and 280 pounds of just fat and sick. It wasn’t pretty. Then gradually, with the help of my teammates and through sports, the recovery was sped up by all the athletics I do — weight room, basketball, football, track and wrestling.”
Though Tyvaier lost his battle with Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer), his impact on Osborn has created a special bond in the Lumberjacks’ locker room.
In his second year as coach of the Jacks, Truilizio said that it’s been a joy to watch Osborn’s effect on the team on and off the field.
“I think it’s amazing, as a coach, to see a young man who is a quiet leader but at the same time must mean a ton to his teammates that they’re willing to support him in his cause,” Truilizio said. “That leadership, his personality and strong character is rubbing off on the team. As a coach I see that kind of stuff and I absolutely love it. It’s cool that the kids are teaching the kids, so to speak.”
Osborn said Truilizio’s compassion and genuine affection for his players has brought the Jacks closer together.
“This is the second straight year coach Truilizio has come to the walk with me. He pushes it on the team,” Osborn said. “He sent out six mass messages out to the team this year asking them to come out and support me. He’s in the weight room all the time asking me how I’m doing. He makes it a point to be a part of his players’ life, almost like he is a second father.”
Members of the Jacks that joined Osborn on the walk were Ian Gilhousen, Jake Ferry, Sam Kindron, Douglas George, Chase Gauda, Kevin Idziak, Justin Restorff, Taylor Mellott, Zach and Bobby Beasock.