The foundation was inspired by our son Mitchell, who fought a 5 year courageous battle with an undiagnosed illness that took our family across the United States looking for answers. Mitchell could no longer walk or talk and he had difficulty seeing. The pain in his head was so severe, that no medicine helped and he went through myoclonic seizures due to the constant pain. None of the many hospitals or doctors could heal him, or even find what caused his excruciating pain. Mitchell’s life-threatening symptoms began at age 13 and he passed away at age 18. Through our own personal journey with our dear son, Mitchell, we know firsthand the heartache that parents face, when their child is diagnosed with a critical illness. Mitchell lives on through the Mitchell Thorp Foundation as inspiration to young athletes and children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.
These families are tested beyond their endurance, bankrupting them financially, emotionally, and physically. However, when communities of willing and giving hearts come together, miracles DO happen. This has been our experience and the experience of Mitchell Thorp Foundation. Our families do not want pity, they just need a helping hand in a time of crisis. We encourage our families, by letting them know they are not alone, and by giving them hope that there are good people, who really care.