“My dad Thom is just extraordinary. As a young man, he raised my brother and me while working as an owner of a local printing shop. My dad was the kind of owner who worked any emergency overtime so his staff could go home to their families.
But owning a printing shop wasn’t HIS dream. So, once we were much more independent, he went back to university and got his teaching degree. Shortly after his first teaching gig he was diagnosed with an autoimmune degenerative kidney disease. I have never known truer perseverance than my father’s. When his body says it wants to quit he says, ‘Not today.’
Ten years ago, he received a donor kidney and took his life back immediately. He dropped everything when his grandbabies arrived and made it very clear that being a grandpa was his new love.
Our son was born extremely premature and you best believe Grandpa came to the hospital every single day of the four months his new best buddy had to stay. I like to think that my dad shared some of his impressive strength with our little guy to get him through the fight of his life. We now have a saying in our family that was written on our son’s incubator: ‘Grosses Don’t Quit.’
Recently, we learned that his autoimmune disease has now attacked his donor kidney and he will need a new one. At only 57, he’s got so much more time to spend with his grandchildren.
Please send all positive vibes in finding a fabulous match for this absolute beauty of a man.”
– Tiffany Gross
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