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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 23, 2020

Well 2020 has sure been challenging for all and no different for Tommy. Our last update in March seems so long ago as our world has changed in many ways. However, we are happy to say that getting Tommy the standing wheelchair prior to the pandemic and associated shut down has been a tremendous blessing! With Tommy’s physical therapy location closed down for most of this year because of the pandemic, the ability to stand in his wheel chair and stay upright for longer period of times while he is in his apartment has truly been life-saving and we have all of you supporters to thank for that.

As Thanksgiving weekend comes upon us we would have been looking forward to the 5th Annual Tommy Turkey Bowl next Saturday. Unfortunately that is not going to be able to happen this year. Tommy is really going to miss seeing all of you and enjoying each other’s company as we have since the first year in 2016. We are hoping to be able to reschedule this year’s event until Spring time 2021. More to come on that as we get into the new year

We’d like to wish all of you a Happy and safe Thanksgiving and want to let you know we continue to appreciate all your support and prayers. #webelieve

March 7, 2020

We wanted to get the message out of a big thanks and let everyone know Tommy got his new standing wheelchair and it’s great!. This only happened because of all the support and prayers of you, Tommy’s amazing communities of friends. A significant amount of the funds needed for this chair came from last years Tommy Turkey Bowl which is awesome. He is now able to use the palm of his hand to raise up the chair to bar table height while sitting and then all the way to a full standing position supported by the chair. The physical and emotional benefits of this chair are tremendous. Attached in the photo section is a picture of Tommy in his new chair. Thx all #webelieve

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November 25, 2020

Hopefully we will make the Turkey Bowl in 2021!

Jennifer Bob Matts

May 19, 2020

I hope you continue making progress toward your goals and are able to find small moments of joy and gratitude in your journey.

Amy Sherman

December 4, 2019

Keep up the good work Tommy. You are an inspiration to us all!

Maria Stern

November 30, 2019

Gerome Momperousse Center for Education is proud to support Tommy! Vikings for Life!

Daphnee Momperousse