BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44)- The year 1999 was hard for the LSU Tigers. They’d lost almost every game that season. One of their biggest supporters, Tyler Detillier was also having a hard year.
“I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I had complications. It was hard to manage my sugars through my teenage years. I was 10 years old,” Detillier said.
He was in and out of hospitals for most of that decade, and would eventually lose his sight
“I was blind for six months,” Detillier said.
But in 2014 a miracle happened. After a recommendation by his doctor, Detillier requested a spot on the kidney transplant list. In time he would receive the transplant and undergo several eye surgeries. Until one day his sight was partially restored. His left eye would never see shapes normally, he’d only be able to use peripheral vision.
But with his sight partially restored, he would pick up his paintbrushes and make art. More specifically, the iconic Eye of the Tiger for his favorite team, the LSU Tigers.
While he hopes his art brings some luck to everyday fans, word of his talent has reached the Orgeron family, and most recently the LSU coach himself.
“It’s surreal. I joked about it,” Detillier said.
Detillier is hoping to spray paint as many lawns as he can before the game.
It took focus and determination for Detillier to overcome his illness, the same traits he sees in the LSU football team he loves, and the eye he loves to paint.