A tragic loss set a family on a path to help others.
San Diego Magazine - Sarah Sapeda
Fourteen years ago, Beth and Brad Thorp’s lives were forever changed. They lost their 18-year-old son, Mitchell, after a five-year battle with an undiagnosed illness. Mitchell had been athletic—a baseball player coached by his former pro pitcher dad—at the top of his class, and a compassionate, kind-hearted kid who stood up for others in need. But over the course of his illness, his health deteriorated to the point he could no longer walk, suffered myoclonic seizures, and was in constant pain.
“Mitchell was a bright light. He just lit up the room. He was just so full of joy,” says Beth. “The Lord gave me him for 18 years—to learn from and love and grow from—and then ultimately I had to give him back.”