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Tyler’s Peak

IMG_20180222_161849210_HDRIMG_20180222_161857377_HDRIMG_20180222_162106828IMG_20180222_162330402_HDRIMG_20180222_162249372_HDRIMG_20180222_162238308_HDRThe Tyler’s Peak Memorial Playground is dedicated to honor the life and legacy of Rocky Mount Academy graduate Elizabeth “Tyler” Strandberg.  Tyler lived a life of determination, tenacity and adventure.   The playground was dedicated in Tyler’s memory on October 14, 2017 to memorialize  and celebrate a life well lived, while offering children and visitors of Rocky Mount Academy a small glimpse of the paradise that shaped Tyler’s life.   Located on the campus of RMA, for many years to come, may the smiles and laughter radiating throughout Tyler’s Peak serve as a reminder to live life to the fullest every day, just like Tyler would want us to.   Tyler’s family members would like to thank the RMA leadership team along with so many others who worked hard to make this playground come to life, and a special thanks to Jim Gardner, Anthony Edwards and Will Kornegay.

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Tyler and Milly’s love for snow

Outer Banks got a good dose of snow and ice. Milly being the mountain dog she is from Jackson WY has a great history with snow. Tyler used to ski in knee deep powder with Milly chasing her down the mountain. But I really think Milly may have kinda forgotten about snow since she hadn’t seen any in awhile. Needless to say it didn’t take long to remember. She was running around and playing like a kid today. Warmed my heart.


Update on the Elizabeth Tyler Strandberg Foundation

The Elizabeth Tyler Strandberg Foundation Inc.  was created in 2015 by family members to honor and remember Tyler’s legacy by doing what she did best:  Helping Others. In this Christmas Season of giving, Tyler’s spirit is among us and many others.   We are pleased that in her honor and memory in just a short period the Foundation has supported the following with donations of over $37,000.

  • St. Andrews Episcopal Church Playground, Rocky Mount NC
  • Word Tabernacle Church Playground, Rocky Mount, NC
  • Rocky Mount Parks & Recreation Dog Park Memorial
  • Angel Komenda
  • Jackson Hole Marathon
  • CV Ranch / Playground / Old Bills Run
  • Nash Health Care Foundation
  • St. Johns Episcopal Church, Jackson WY
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Agape Village Foundation
  • Heart Math Tutoring
  • The HEARTess Yard
  • Boys & Girls Club, Rocky Mount NC
  • Teton County Search & Rescue
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Kates Club
  • Rocky Mount Academy Playground – Tyler’s Peak
  • Old Bills Run – CV Ranch
  • Helping Hand Project
  • St. Andrews Episcopal Church Angel Tree Christmas Gifts
  • Hopeway Foundation Charlotte NC
  • UNC Lineberger Cancer Center – The Holly Fryar Project
  • Animal Adoption Center, Jackson WY

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Foundation Update

Since the beginning of the Elizabeth Tyler Strandberg Foundation, over $33,000.00 has been donated from the Foundation to various charities throughout the country. Some of these charities include The Heartest Yard, Teton County Search and Rescue, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Angel Komenda Life Long funding, The Rocky Mount Dog Park, St. Andrews Church playground, and Word Tabernacle Church playground just to name a few. We wanted to highlight some of the other special charities that have been recipients:

Kate’s Club, Atlanta


Kate’s Club empowers children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. Kate’s Club has developed therapeutic programming to help our children and teens establish healthy support systems and develop the necessary skills to cope effectively with their grief – a foundation that we believe is critical to supporting children who must cope with a tragic loss.  We foster positive social and emotional development through four main programs including: Support Services, therapeutic group activities designed and led by licensed professionals; Club Outings to sporting events, exhibits and community service activities around Atlanta; Camp Good Mourning, a three-day overnight summer camp at Camp Twin Lakes; and KC Connects, a collaboration with partner schools and afterschool programs to bring Kate’s Club’s services directly to grieving children.

Kate’s Club offers top quality social and therapeutic programming designed specifically for grieving children and their families. Programs are led by professionals and trained volunteers and designed and overseen by a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Recreation Therapist.

Heart Math Tutoring


To ensure that all elementary students develop the strong foundation in math and enthusiasm for academics needed for long-term success, by helping schools use volunteers as tutors. Community members commit one hour per week to deliver an effective, hands-on curriculum through one-on-one tutoring sessions during the school day in Title I elementary schools.

Agrape Foundation


The Agape Village Foundation is a Christian nonprofit organization with the mission to provide loving care in a Christ-centered environment for orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia, enabling them to thrive and to eventually become self-supporting adults.

Boys and Girls Club


Boys & Girls Clubs of The Tar River Region has an impressive history that began over 50 years ago with the establishment of the Boys Club in Rocky Mount, NC.  The organization has since grown to serve thousands of young people between the ages of 5-18 in three locations (Tarboro, Rocky Mount, and Nashville) in the Twin Counties.

They provide a world class club experience that assures success is in the reach of every club member that walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Through the Foundation, we look forward to continue to help our youth in the ways that Tyler would have wanted. Thank you for your continued support and prayers for our family


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Happy Birthday Tyler. Forever Young! Love Dad.


May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.


Two Years Ago Today

As many friends know, today was the second anniversary of the loss of our sweet Tyler. I chose to spend the day by myself with her faithful companion and best friend Milly, and to reflect on the past, cherish many wonderful memories, and at the same time, mourn our great loss.

Tyler spoke to Milly as if she were a human. Because of Tyler, Milly has a very large vocabulary. When you speak to Milly in people talk she looks you right in the eyes with her big brown lab/pug eyes and rotates her head from side to side as she comprehends what you’re saying.

As we started our day I spoke to her about what happened to her best friend 2 years ago today and she looked right at me, and turned her head a couple of times. When I stopped talking, she stared away with the saddest dawgy face I’ve ever seen her make. She knows what today is and she remembers and she misses.

Throughout the day Tyler and I shared emotions and many memories.

We remembered her coming home from the hospital and Beth and I driving her through the Gardners Barbecue so we could see her name up on Poppies sign welcoming his first grandchild home.

We remembered the arrivals of her two baby sisters and how much she loved Blair and Josie and what a good big sister she was to each of them.

We remembered the first time, as a tiny little thing, when she snow skied between my legs holding onto my ski pole as we headed down the mountain. Fearless and loving every minute.

We laughed about the time on the boat when she jumped off to swim with the dolphins.

We thought about all the great family trips: ski trips, outer banks, Cayman islands, our father daughter trip to Snowshoe/Aspen, and of course the cruise. We were able to laugh about our one and only family cruise when Tyler decided to try alcohol for the first time, straight vodka, and how sick she was all the way home from Miami.

We reflected on her strong will and determination to graduate from Carolina on time despite dealing with some very difficult health issues throughout the majority of her time there.

We reflected on how far she had come, how much she had accomplished and how she had found herself with God’s help in Jackson. And of course, we remembered how much the kids she worked with at the ranch loved her, miss her and how they and staff will never forget Tyler and Catherine.

We glorified how happy she was having made home in Jackson with Milly. We gave thanks for the many great friends she had made and for how loved she was by so many. We prayed and gave thanks for the full life she was living at the time the good Lord decided to bring her home.

To sum it all up today was a day of smiles, happy thoughts, special memories and yes of course, cries and tears.

Her friends and family love her and miss her and we will never forget her. Oh behalf of the family today thank you for the texts, Facebook comments, phone calls and everything else and for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. God bless Tyler.