Death of son inspires Rowlett family


The loss of a child is one of the hardest things any parent could ever deal with. For Poteet High School grads Adam and Whitney Zapotocky they are trying to keep the memory of their son alive by providing smiles and comfort to area children through the gift of stuffed animals.

About Tyler

Tyler Ray Zapotocky was born Nov. 5, 2014. He spent the entire 32 minutes of his life on his mother’s chest. The couple knew Tyler would not survive due to a diagnosis of Potters Sequence.

Shortly after his death, Tyler’s liver was procured and liver enzymes were extracted. When a match is found, other babies whose livers do not function properly will receive liver enzyme injections in hopes of prolonging their life just a little longer.

Since Tyler was born and the neonatal organ donation program started, there have been five other families who have participated in organ donation after receiving devastating news regarding their pregnancies. Donate Life is honoring Tyler by having his picture on their Donate Life Rose Bowl Parade Float this year.

The drive for stuffed animals

The Rowlett couple named their stuffed animal collection effort Tyler’s Toyz and they are in the process of getting nonprofit status for it, with hopes of expanding the project’s efforts to impact more children. They have a Facebook page,, dedicated to the effort, with a website on its way. Continue reading
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