By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – This was an extra special homecoming football game for ten year old Tyler Schmidt of Boyceville.
Schmidt, a fourth grader at Tiffany Creek Elementary, was diagnosed with a rare cancer after an MRI discovered tumors on his brain and spine.
On Friday night during the game, Schmidt was named honorary water boy for the Bulldogs and he wore that title with pride and a smile as wide as it could be.
“He was so overwhelmed and really just amazed to have the football team treat him like a buddy,” said Jeremiah Schmidt.
During the game, people could donate a flat rate of money or they could pledge a certain amount for every touchdown, hence the title “Touchdowns for Tyler”.
As of Monday, the Tri-County Youth Football Tournament had donated $160.00, the homecoming game itself raised $979.85, there was $828.00 in donations before and after the game, $1,000.00 was pledged for touchdowns and $128.00 was pledged for the number of points in the game.
All together there was $3,095.85 donated to Tyler and his family to help with the expenses.
Head coach Brian Roemhild has extended the invite beyond Friday night’s game and has told Tyler he is more than welcome to attend every Bulldog practice if he wishes.
“It was just amazing to have the community come together when someone is going through a hard time. We didn’t ask for any of this so it is just amazing,” shared Jeremiah about the special night.