life lessons from a real superhero


This book is a memoir written during and after Tyler Hallsey's battle with terminal cancer. The pages tell the story of a brave boy that inspired thousands with his courage, faith, wisdom and uncommon outlook on life.

Through shared experiences from the perspective of Tyler's father, the secrets to overcoming even the toughest challenges are revealed through the wisdom of a very special boy.


Painful, beautiful, honest, and searingly intimate. Chris Hallsey's chronicle of the illness and passing of his son, Tyler (Whatever It Takes), is among the richest, most inspirational declarations of love we've ever read. 

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Book available for purchase at tylerhallseyfoundation.com.

All proceeds benefit the mission and vision
of The Tyler Hallsey Foundation.


There is already a definition of courage, but Tyler displayed courage every day that he lived. I was blessed to know him and learn from him.

Merril Hoge, Retured NFL Running Back and ESPN NFL Analyst 

This is so much more than the story of a young boy courageously choosing cheer, strength and optimism in the face of continuous suffering. It's an invitation for all of us to do the same.

Kirk Weisler, Chief Morale Officer and Speaker 


If only everyone could have the outlook on life like Tyler had. His great personality influenced everyone that knew him. I am so grateful that I got a chance to know Tyler and I am forever thankful to call him my friend."

Willie Bloomquist, Retired Major League Baseball Player & Current Head Baseball Coach at Arizona State University

Many of the insightful, eternal perspectives are offered up by the sweet spirit of Tyler Hallsey, the 13 year old boy who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The book is written in a journal format mostly. This helps draw the reader closer towards empathy and understanding as the story unfolds. I often thought about how I might personally cope with the cross roads and obstacle described in the story. Could I be so strong as a parent? Would my faith waiver or strengthen? This book sheds light on what really matters in this life, family and our commitment to each other through thick and thin.

Chris S.
Amazon Review