Storytellers: Making a difference 1,300 miles away

BRIGHTON – A little boy who lives 1,300 miles away is touching hearts and changing lives here in Colorado.

Tyler Neppl suffers from a rare form of cancer called neurofibromatosis, better known as NF. The disease affects approximately 1 in 3,000 people.

"He's a very energetic kid. He doesn't let his disorder slow him down," Marc Brooks said.

Brooks is a deputy with the Adams County Sheriff's Office. Every day he drives his motorcycle to work in Brighton.

"I love this bike, not as much as I love my wife, but this would be my mistress," he joked.

Brooks has never met Neppl, but has heard a lot about him through his friends who also ride motorcycles.

One of Brooks' friends knows Neppl's father, who in turn told his buddies about Tyler's fascination with motorcycles.

"He's excited about motorcycles and that's why we're using this vehicle to get there," Brooks said.

Not just Brooks' motorcycle but at least a hundred others.

In the beginning of August, Brooks and dozens of other bikers are going to ride all the way to Chicago to surprise Tyler.

"When you have a kid this age he hasn't really been able to take any major steps towards life, and so you want to do what you can to prolong that – to give him a good quality of life and as many memories as you can," Brooks said.

Brooks actually rode his motorcycle to Chicago from Denver last summer and had a blast doing it. He's looking forward to this trip, mostly because he gets to make a difference in Tyler's life.

"He's just a little dynamo," Brooks said.

If you're interested in learning more about Tyler or helping out his family, click on this link:

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