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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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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

December 3, 2019

Wow!! Another amazing Tommy Turkey Bowl to remember. Once again we were blessed with beautiful weather and a great turnout with hundreds of family and friends coming out in support of Tommy. The day produced many fun, but competitive flag football games on Tommy’s favorite Clarkstown South football field where he has great memories. It was then followed by a packed D&D’s bar that afternoon and into the evening of eating, drinking and raising money to support Tommy. The day after Tommy said he had such a good time – got to talk to so many people and just enjoyed being outside in the fresh air for longer than he’s been in a long time.

On behalf of Tommy we want to again thank everyone who supported Saturday as well as the support and prayers for him all year long. Special shout out to Lynn, Paul, Joe, Penni, Joanne, Theresa, Diane, John, Frankie, Ryan, Alyssa and Coach Mike who every year have worked hard to pull this great event together – thank – you’re the best!! (sorry if I missed others) — #webelieve

Our long list of supporters are greatly appreciated
D&D’s Restaurant & Pub
West Nyack Little League
The Hennessy Family
Manhattan College
Clarkstown South Athletics
Napoli’s Pizza
Rockland Bakery
Clarkstown South Touchdown Club
16 Handles
Duke of Oil
The DeMinno CPA Firm PC
DeCicco Family Markets
The Taccetta Family
Bee Alive
The Balletta Family
Frank J Tucek and Son Inc
Vision Sports Club
Lexington Café
Manny Ciminello
Friends of the Naclerio’s
Ken Ulrich Baseball & Softball Camps
Lenox Advisors
Gerome Momperousse Center for Education
Coyle Insurance
The Tailgaters NYC
NY Finest Protection
The Law Office of Phillips and Millman
The O’Connell Family
Hiep Sanitation
Aldan Press
Signarama – Nanuet
Q Sports
New City Pizzeria
Tom Ciminello
The King Family
The Leonard/Marano Family

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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

November 28, 2019

So glad to hear that Tom is making progress. He is a determined guy with a huge support network- I wish Tommy more progress!!! Hilda from Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation

Hilda Kogut