The T.I.P.P.E.R Foundation is named after William “Tipper” Thomas. William was a victim of a shooting at Randallstown High School, in Randallstown, Maryland on May 7, 2004. “Tipper” was an innocent by-stander waiting in front of his high school for his ride to work after a charity basketball game at the high school.
Some students got into an altercation and soon gunshots rang out! In the attempt to escape, a young girl fell down directly in front of Tipper. Tipper reached down to toss her to safety when he was severely wounded. He was shot in the back of his neck and in the middle of his spine which paralyzed him. He had to be transported by Medevac to The Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, Maryland.
As a result of this tragic event, Tipper’s parents knew that they needed to be at their son’s bedside on a constant basis so that they could love, nurture, and support him. They also wanted to ensure that he was receiving the best care and treatment possible. His parents felt it necessary to be with him throughout his recovery and rehabilitation period until he was clinically ready to be discharged from inpatient medical care.
Also, the hospital staff does not have the “manpower” to administer care to patients constantly on a one-on-one basis. For example, at times Tipper’s temperature elevate drastically and he would be at risk of going into convulsions. His parents would immediately administer “ice therapy” by putting ice packs under his arm pits and on his forehead. His temperature would come down as a result of his parents intervention. This is just one example of why his parents were so intent on being able to be with him.
Tipper and his parents believed that beginning this foundation would assist families that will experience a loss of wages due to needing to be with their child, children or direct relative that are recovering from an injury or injuries due to a traumatic event.
William Tipper Thomas states, “I contribute much of my success today as a result of loved ones, friends and the community being there for me. To see my family’s faces when I opened my eyes and to feel my mother wiping the sweat from my brows, is why beginning this foundation is so important. The prayers, the love, and a constant familiar presence meant everything to me.”
Fortunately, Tipper’s parents were financially able to be there for Tipper. This foundation will allow and assist families that have encountered a traumatic experience involving a direct relative be at their bedsides during the inpatient recovery process.
For more information about this program, please contact us.