When I originally thought of the scholarship, never in a million years did I think it would be in memory of Thomas. After Thomas passed away on December 5, 2014, it became even more evident to me that we were supposed to present this scholarship. We are committed to educating people about Thomas’ condition as well as to remember and recognize his precious life. I went back to work in February and spent four months attending First Priority clubs, and after much observation, chose a student for the scholarship whom I believed best exemplified the qualities of Thomas.
Thomas may have only lived a short life here on this Earth, but he made a huge impact on many people’s lives all across this world. To be a young baby, he exemplified the qualities of strength, hope and love. Thomas was such a strong fighter. He fought a long, hard and painful battle. He never gave up. Thomas gave us so much hope. Our faith in God was strengthened and we prayed like we had never prayed before. God chose to heal Thomas completely in Heaven, so we now cling to the hope that we will see him again one day soon. An abundance of love surrounded Thomas. He gave and received eternal love. The student who received the scholarship exemplified those same qualities and made a huge impact on other students’ lives in his school and community.