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. He was a remarkable young man, a 4.0 GPA scholar and an accomplished athlete. Mitchell had a kind, gentle spirit and his joy and light radiated out to all who knew him. His life was defined by his family, his faith, his friends and his incredible passion for baseball. Mitchell’s strength and courage (Joshua 1:9) lives on through the Mitchell Thorp Foundation as inspiration to young athletes and children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.
The Thorp’s truly understand what community is all about after receiving the incredible emotional and financial support, as well as the outpouring of love that took place on their behalf. It was a natural progression, inspired by Mitchell and directed by GOD that led them to form the Foundation in Mitchell’s memory to help others.
The Mitchell Thorp Foundation(MTF) is a nonprofit organization, commemorating Mitchell’s shortened life of 18 years and his five-year heroic struggle against an undiagnosed illness.
Mitchell’s strength and courage, along with the community’s support, collectively inspired the family to establish the MTF that supports families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders. MTF “cares for the caregiver” by providing both financial and emotional support to these families in their time of need.
In addition, the MTF provides scholarships and awards to promising young athletes, like Mitchell, acknowledging their accomplishments in youth baseball as a player and role model.
Mitchell Thorp Foundation - What We Do
The Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) offers four primary programs; Medical & Home Assistance, Healing & Rehabilitation, Conversion Vans and Youth Leadership each comprise of several support services. MTF Programs have been structured with the intention of supporting eligible* families to achieve and maintain the Six Dimensions of Health (Occupational, Physical, Social, Intellectual, Spiritual, and Emotional), as defined by the National Wellness Institute.
Program service packages are tailored to the needs of individuals by certified staff. The individualized services may include financial support, service projects, and/or referrals, depending upon specific needs and resource availability.