Waukesha Parade Survivor Meets Brewers Players In Trip To Pittsburgh - Patch

PITTSBURGH, PA — A lifelong Milwaukee Brewers fan who was injured in the 2021 Waukesha Christmas parade recently hit the road to meet players of his favorite team.

On Friday, 17-year-old Tyler Pudleiner took a trip to American Family Field where he threw out the first pitch, and on Monday, he traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to watch the Brewers take on the Pirates at PNC Park. The trip marked Tyler's first time to a Brewers away game. Aurora Health Care planned and funded the trip alongside the team, according to a news release from Aurora.

Tyler traveled with his mother, Katti Pudleiner. Before Tuesday's game in the series, Tyler had a meet and greet with several players including Christian Yelich, Mike Brosseau, Jonathan Davis and manager Craig Counsell. Prior to the game, Tyler and Katti spent the day exploring Pittsburgh, Aurora said.

Tyler called PNC Park as beautiful as he expected. He attended his first Brewers game when he was just six months old.

Tyler was one of more than 60 people who were injured in the November 2021 Waukesha Christmas parade. A man is accused of driving an SUV through the crowd and killing six people. After the tragedy, Tyler was brought to Aurora Medical Center - Summit where he was treated for his injuries. Months later, his doctors are happy to see him recovering.

"To see Tyler thrive after this is an amazing reward for us and for the whole trauma team that cared for Tyler," said Dr. Joel Harris in a statement, Tyler's surgeon from Aurora Medical Center - Summit.