Tim ThomasDo you have a pack of tissues handy? Go grab them; you're going to need them when you hear about the single dad whose 14-year-old son is in a vegetative state after being hit by a semi-truck while riding his bike. Tim Thomas is working a part-time job and he can't afford to be at his son's bedside every day. After all, he has two kids to take care of in a rough economy.
Are you crying yet? Pulling out your wallet?
We're talking about a single dad who never missed a big moment in his kid's life. You can picture the type, can't you? I know I can -- he looks like my husband (at least in my mind), always on the sidelines of the soccer game with a proud grin on his face. I imagine my husband being separated from our daughter for any length of time, and I see a man who would be heartbroken. Then I imagine him separated from her when she's in a hospital bed, and I think it would truly be his undoing.
This is reality for Tim Thomas. He wants to be there to hold his son's hand, but he can't. So far, this dad has only been able to see son Tommy once since the boy was transferred to an out-of-town hospital more than six hours away on November 20. His employers are being gracious; his community has started a fund to help pay his way.
But the reality is this dad has to work to support his kids. His truck isn't terribly reliable -- at least not good enough to make a six-hour trip (one way!). With a serious brain injury, Tommy has a long road ahead of him; who knows how many days he'll spend in a hospital far, far away from his dad?
Put yourself in Tim Thomas' shoes. What would you do?
Want to help the Thomas family? The Bank of Colorado has a fund in the name of Thomas Jordan Thomas.
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