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May 17, 2014

NT football team walks to remember peer

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Tonawanda News — "It's wonderful, words can't describe how great this is," said Kemp of the kids' efforts. "(Tyvaier) was very specific about what he wanted, and this is something he definitely wanted, his final wish was to do something to give back to the people who supported him, especially Hospice, they were there for him the entire time."

The team inspired Paul Swisher, a science teacher, to get involved as well. He spent much of the year raising nearly $600, according to the elder Osborn. Swisher, also known as the inventor of KanJam, was joined by the younger Osborn and NTHS Assistant Principal Kris Clester in presenting a check to the Kemp family. 

Though Osborn's HCL is incurable, it is currently inactive, which has allowed him to participate on the football team that ultimately became Jones' biggest fans. Osborn says he will be attending Washington and Jefferson College in the fall but that he will "absolutely" be coming home to participate in the Hospice Walk in the future. 

"This is really about a group of kids who are really trying to make a difference and show that Tyvaier's life mattered and that he is remembered," Mrs. Osborn said. "These kids give up six hours of their Sunday, waking up at 8:30 a.m. to show their support and do a good thing for the community."

Contact reporter Mia Summerson at 693-1000, ext. 4313.

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