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Tommy McGuire is the 24-year-old son of Tom McGuire and Lori McGuire Balletta and brother of Andrew McGuire. On June 11, 2016 Tommy was involved in a swimming accident and suffered a devastating spinal cord injury. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. Tommy is paralyzed from his chest down. This quick dip into a pool altered the direction of Tommy’s life forever.

Tommy grew up in West Nyack, NY. Before Tommy’s accident he enjoyed playing baseball in the West Nyack LL and basketball with St. Paul’s CYO. Tommy attended Clarkstown South High School where he played, baseball and basketball, but his love was his football team where Tommy was their All Section Quarterback. Tommy recently graduated from Manhattan College with a Business Marketing degree. He has stayed very close with his high school friends and made many more friends through college and family around the tri-state area. Anyone who knows Tommy knows how big of a NY sports fan he is, except when it comes to football where he has been a passionate Carolina Panthers fan since he was 3 years old.

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November 15, 2018

A nice relaxing football Sunday with no pressure of a Panther game today :). However we are hearing about the once again amazing response we’re getting for the 3rd Annual Tommy Turkey Bowl on Saturday November 24th at Tommy’s home field of Clarkstown South where he has so many great memories. It’s so awesome that we have over a 100 people registered and already received commitments from the following generous sponsors –
Vision Sports Club
West Nyack Little League
Rockland Bakery
Clarkstown South Touchdown Club
16 Handles
Duke Of Oil
The DeMinno CPA Firm
The Softball Tunnel
The Taccetta Family
DeCicco Family Markets
Napoli’s
Black Bull House
BeeAlive Royal Jelly
Maracaibo Media
Solo Management
Frank J Tucek and Son Inc
Lenox Advisors
D&D’s
The Balletta Family
Avellino Pizza
Signarama
Clarkstown South Central School District
Lexington Grill and Pub

October 31, 2018

Thought it was a good time to update Tommy’s Help Hope Live network of family and friends on how he’s doing. It’s still hard to believe that one brief moment so tragically changed Tommy’s life. Some days it feels like it just happened and many others make it feel like it’s gone on way too long. Over the past year Tommy was able to move to a condo which makes it much easier for him to get around than the old farmhouse he was in and the outdoor area is much brighter which is a real lift to Tommy’s spirits. Tommy still struggles with various infections and day to day challenges of living with a SCI and a good night’s sleep is often hard to come by. He continues to go to physical therapy and while the progress of additional movement in his upper body has slowed, Tommy continues to work at it as hard as he can. While Tommy has very tough days, throughout it all he still has an amazing way of making everyone around him feel better about his situation. We continue to monitor the medical world for any new advancements which would improve Tommy’s life and know that his friends and family are doing the same. As the holidays approach we want to thank all for your continued support and prayers and wish you a blessed holiday season with your families #webelieve

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Guestbook

November 15, 2018

Hey Tommy -- looking forward to this year's Turkey Bowl -- can't wait to see you! xo

Lynn Munroe

July 17, 2018

please update - in pray for Tommy everyday

steve

February 5, 2018

2018! Hey Tommy... We think of you often. Praying you through.. We are with you.. proud of you. the Bellaviti's xo Annie Mario Michael Daniella and family.

The Bellaviti's

November 27, 2017

Hi Tommy, it is Hilda Kogut, your friend from Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation. So happy to hear that you are fighting and making progress. You are an amazing young man with such wonderful and devoted friends.

Hilda Kogut