Care to Scare: Haunted House Gives Life to Henderson Teen


Published 10/21 2016 10:16PM

Updated 10/21 2016 10:16PM


A tradition of scaring has turned into a gift of caring for a Tri-State haunted house. It's using profits to help a Henderson boy dealing with a long list of health problems.

“I don't get scared that easily,” Tyler Duncan says. He's the 15 year-old who faces fear every day. Friday night, there's fun in his fright.

He's faced more in his 15 years than most do in a lifetime. His walk through the “Terror on the Trail” hardly breaks a sweat.

“His dad and I both feel very fortunate,” says Vanessa Kavanaugh. “The things he's gone through and things he's survived.”

Tyler has been through 27 operations, four life flights, and a brain aneurysm. When you hear that, it's almost a death sentence,” Vanessa says.

Surely scarier than anything they'll see in the haunted houses of Henderson.

Tyler was born with an extremely rare genetic syndrome that has complicated his life unlike most 15 year-old boys. It causes heart problems, liver and kidney diseases, hearing issues.

But like most teens, Tyler braves the haunted forests – because it's here for him.

“Amazing that people stop what they're doing to do this for Tyler, and the other children they've done it for,” Vanessa says.

Every year the haunted trail, made possible by Matt Gibson, donates all the money to a local kid in need.

This year, the one-weekend of terror turns its profit into a gift to Tyler and his family. It eases the burden of routine trips to Louisville and Cincinnati children hospitals.

The “Terror on the Trail” is open this weekend only, on October 21 and 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and all the money raised will go to Tyler.

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