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Six-year-old Tyler Cepkauskas, of Homer Glen, collected toys valued at almost $1,000 for the Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn on his birthday. Photos submitted
Tyler Cepkauskas poses for a photo with his 3-year-old sister, Emily.
Abhinanda Datta, Assistant Editor
3:44 am CDT July 2, 2019

Watching his newborn sister fight for her life has imbued a young boy with an indomitable spirit of kindness.

Homer Glen’s Tyler Cepkauskas was 2 when his sister, Emily, was born with Down syndrome and a severe heart defect that required her to have multiple open-heart surgeries, spend months on life support in the intensive care unit and frequent Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.