- Tina Draper is a single mother of four who receives no child support. Tina has a daughter, Taylor, who has been diagnosed with Medulloblastoma brain cancer stage 4. Medulloblastoma is a cancerous tumor that starts at a region in the brain at the base of the skull, the posterior fossa. These tumors tend to spread to other parts of the brain and spinal cord; unfortunately this is the case of Taylor. The only treatment successful at this high of a grade is surgery.
Tina’s grandson Javen, has Hydrocephalus, and has had multiple shunts in his brain and back as well as many surgeries for his eyes. Hydrocephalus is most common in infants and young children and is a fluid buildup in the cavities deep in the brain, which leaves pressure on the brain. The extra pressure can lead to brain damage, impaired vision, cognitive difficulties, and loss of coordination. To decrease the effects of hydrocephalus and reduce likelihood of brain damage, shunts are tubes inserted surgically to drain excess fluid.
Tina and her family were in dire need of our help. In order to help Tina and her family Thomas Richards held a fundraiser for the Draper’s on July 29, 2011. The fundraiser was a success with lots of supporters who came out; all proceeds went directly to help pay medical bills, treatment costs, and any other expenses necessary to give Tina and her children financial relief through their difficult circumstances. Thank you to all that attended the fundraiser and helped make this happen.
Thomas Richards donated 5 iMac computers to Rochester High School Video Production program. The RHS Video Production students found five new Apple iMac computers in their class in the 2011 school year, thanks to some generous RHS alumni. The alumni were 1989 graduates Tim Ciotti and Mike Moscato, who are the heads of the Thomas Richards Charity which selected the RHS program as one of their annual recipients after reading an essay written by Video Production teacher Chris Guyor. The Thomas Richards charity was created in memory of Matt “Thomas” Moscato, Mike Moscato’s twin and also a 1989 RHS grad who died in 2005. The computers will be used for editing videos and video production by the students in the video program. Their program is open and accepting to students from all three high schools in the Rochester school district. Thank you to Rochester High School and Chris Guyor who continues to educate students.
Pictured (L-R): Tim Ciotti, RHS principal Charles Rowland, Mike Moscato, RHS teacher Chris Guyor
It is official Thomas Richards Charity is a Non-Profit Charity under section 501(c)3 of the IRS. This is a huge day for us. I would first like to thank Jason Sakis of Sakis & Sakis Law for taking care of all the legal paperwork for us for free. This process can take months to get approved and thanks to Jason it took less then 30 days. Another Thank you to Kurt Muller and team at Mueller-Mayville CPA for the great work they did on the accounting side of this. Also thank you to the board and all the people who have supported us this far.
Traci Luciano Family Fundraiser – Bowling February 26th, 2011 Classic Lanes 2145 Avon Industrial Dr, Rochester Hills, MI 48309
Thomas Richards Charity collaborated with Classic Lanes in Rochester Hills, MI to host a bowling fundraiser on February 26, 2011 to support Traci and her family.
Traci was diagnosed in 2007 with Sacroidosis after suffering a stoke with. Sarcoidosis is a inflammatory disease that can affect almost any organ in the body. It causes heightened immunity, meaning the body cannot fight infection and disease because the immune system over reacts, resulting in damage to the bodies own tissues. There is a formation of granulomas, which are microscopic clumps of inflammatory cells that group together. This has affected not only Traci’s lungs, but also her heart, brain, and skin. This disease is very rare and unfortunately there is no cure; Sacroidosis is fatal. Traci also has two girls Hanna and Megan.
Traci needed our help in order to financially support her girls, medical bills, and to give them wonderful memories with their time left together. With the help of the community the fundraiser was a success with many supporters who showed up and had a wonderful time bowling and supporting Traci. Thank you to all those who contributed to memories made between Traci and her girls. Thank you.
On December 17, 2010 Thomas Richards partnered with Country Elementary School to host a Hat Day to benefit the Gaden family. A parent of classmates, Dawn Gaden, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; to support Dawn and her family emotionally and financially we asked the Elementary’s affiliates to where a hat and donate $1 that went directly to Dawn and her family. The hat day event at Country Elementary School for Dawn Nardi was a success with over $950 raised for the family. Thank you to Lisa Dover and all the Kids that helped. Thank you for helping us help them.