Mitchell Thorp Foundation Awarded 10News Leadership Award
Posted on May 8, 2019
For more than 40 years the 10News Leadership Award has honored individuals and organizations who do extraordinary things to improve lives in San Diego. Together with 10 News community partner LEAD San Diego, the Leadership Award acknowledges San Diegans nominated by their peers for selfless acts of time, dedication, and making the community a better place.
Mitchell Thorp Foundation was honored as the April 2019 10 News Leadership recipient. Channel 10 News Anchor Steve Atkinson presented the award to co-founders Beth and Brad Thorp at the home of Blake and Michelle Matthews. The Matthews’ three-year-old daughter, Charlie, was diagnosed with a brain cancer last October, just six days after the birth of their second child. The Mitchell Thorp Foundation came to their assistance, helping the Matthews family with medical costs as Charlie underwent chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. Charlie’s mom, like many, had to leave her job to stay by her daughter’s side during medical treatments.
Over the last ten years, the Mitchell Thorp Foundation has supported countless families whose children have faced life threatening illnesses, diseases, and disorders by providing resources and financial and emotional aid. Through several assistance programs, the Mitchell Thorp Foundation helps families keep a roof overhead and food on the table, in addition to covering medical costs not covered by insurance. Each year, half a million children in the United States, including more than 2,000 children in San Diego County alone, are diagnosed with serious, life-threatening conditions. Applications file in monthly for assistance, and the Mitchell Thorp Foundation has made it its mission to help as many children and families as possible.
The Thorps truly understand what it means to have tremendous community support, after receiving it themselves when their own son Mitchell was diagnosed with a critical illness at age 13. Mitchell courageously fought for five years, but ultimately lost his battle with an undiagnosed illness. “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. When communities of willing and giving hearts come together, miracles do happen,” notes Beth Thorp, co-founder. “For ten years the San Diego community has helped encourage and support our local children and families by letting them know they are not alone, and by giving them hope that there are good people, who really care.” mitchellthorp.org