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He Loves The Miniature Railroad Display In His Town. Now He'll Be In It! The Surprise You've Gotta See

A Pittsburgh-area non-profit dreams up a way to give this young man the perfect surprise.

19-year old Tyler Fazio has faced physical challenges most of his life, from a diagnosis of autism when he was young, to his current battle with a rare form of Hodgkin's lymphoma. This young man from Lyndora, PA, north of Pittsburgh, has done it all without abandoning a childlike enthusiasm for things he loves, which brings joy to the people around him.

It's why a recent visit to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh brought smiles to everyone's faces, from Tyler's family, to the staff, to, well, Tyler himself.

Tyler got a personal tour of the Miniature Railroad & Village at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center.KDKA-TV

Tyler is a huge fan of the Science Center's historic Miniature Railroad & Village, which -- as I can personally attest -- is a capitvating display of miniature trains that weave through tiny towns, fashioned to look like the old-time Western Pennsylvania countryside.

When the non-profit organization Jamie's Dream Team found out about Tyler's love for the display, they dreamed up a very cool surprise.

The Miniature Railroad & Village with its tiny people, houses and vehicles, appeals to Tyler's fascination with detail.Carnegie Science Center/Facebook

The Dream Team donated $2,500 to the Railroad & Village 100th anniversary celebration in Tyler's name. Tyler (and his sister) will have custom figurines with their names placed in the village's miniature amusement park.

The display includes an amusement park, with a working roller coaster and Ferrirs Wheel. Tyler's figurine will be placed in the park.Sand and Snow Blog

Tyler learned about the honor during a personal behind-the-scenes visit to the exhibit, timed to happen right after one of his cancer treatments. "I finished my treatment. I was excited about the surprise. I'm so happy," Tyler told KDKA-TV.

Jamie's Dream Team fulfills dreams for people facing severe life challenges. We reported on their annual Christmas Party in December.

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For Jamie Ward, founder of Jamie's Dream Team, the gift for Tyler is a win-win. "Especially during the pandemic, we were able to help two charities at one time. We were able to make Tyler's dream come true and also help the Science Center," Jamie told KDKA.

Way to go Jamie and staff for continuing to think of others during a time when it would be easy to focus on ourselves!

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