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.”
“We just started with one child, one family at a time, and we saw where the needs were,” Beth says. “We knew what we went through, but then as you start servicing other families, you know every child is different. That's why we customize the help for our families.”
Beth also details her story of faith, family, courage, and perseverance in her book, ANEW Creation. It was released in June by Morgan James Publishing and was one of just 25 faith-based manuscripts accepted at the time. ANEW Creation is available at mitchellthorp.org, anewcreation.org, and wherever books are sold.
“I just knew this story needed to be told,” she says. “It's tragic, and it was heart-wrenching, but it’s authentic.”