For fallen child, Johns Creek family makes day of kindness

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Carrie and Jeff Safarriyeh never saw it coming.

Not when it came to Tyler.

"When you life a live without a child, your happiness is always paralleled with sadness," said Carrie, on what would have been her son's 14th birthday.

Tyler was the charming one, the lend-a-hand one, the one who enjoyed life and made sure everyone else did too.

"He was so passionate about everything," Tyler's mother said. "He just savored every moment of every day of everything he did."

Two years ago, on a ski vacation with his family, Tyler lost his life in a tragic accident on the ski slopes. It was completely sudden; a disabled skier lost control in front of him, and Tyler crashed into the other skier's line.

"I held him and begged," said father Jeff Safarriyeh. "I definitely prayed ... but that was it."

At that moment, the Safarriyeh parents say, they thought they could never be happy again. But they soon turned their grief into good, forming the Tyler's Way Foundation to give out scholarships and aid their community.

Every year, on Tyler's birthday, the community steps up for Tyler.

His family and friends perform random acts of kindness across their neighborhood and Johns Creek. They did so again this past Wednesday.

"I would want Tyler to see that his family is trying really, really hard," mother Carrie said on that day. "I would just want him to see how much of an influence he had on people."


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