About Us

Giving Families Hope

Our Mission: Supporting families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders, by providing financial, emotional and resource support to their desperate situation.

Our Purpose: While we cannot cure a child, we can help the families endure, and soften their heartbreaking journey; thereby bringing relief, hope and a sense of normalcy in the home environment.

Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) changing lives, saving lives, impacting lives and communities’ one child at a time.

A public 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support throughout California. Our focus is to provide individualized aid to meet the needs of the child and family through our Medical and Home Assistance Programs, Healing and Wellness Programs and Conversion Van Program (see programs for more detail).

How You Can Help

We are supported by the public through our annual events, private donations, corporate sponsorships, grants, legacy giving, and monthly giving. We welcome donations throughout the year to help us provide relief to the overwhelmed and financially strapped families and children we serve. Please consider donating today.

Our Inspiration

Mitchell and Brad Thorp

The foundation was inspired by our son Mitchell, who fought a 5 year courageous battle with an undiagnosed illness that took our family across the United States looking for answers. Mitchell could no longer walk or talk; and he had difficulty seeing. The pain in his head was so severe, that no medicine helped and he went through myoclonic seizures due to the constant pain. None of the many hospitals or doctors could heal him, or even find what caused his excruciating pain. Mitchell’s life-threatening symptoms began at age 13 and he passed away at age 18. He was a remarkable young man, a 4.0 GPA scholar and an accomplished athlete. Mitchell had a kind, gentle spirit and his joy and light radiated out to all who knew him. His life was defined by his family, his faith, his friends and his incredible passion for baseball. Mitchell’s strength and courage (Joshua 1:9) lives on through the Mitchell Thorp Foundation as inspiration to young athletes and children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.

The Thorp’s truly understand what community is all about after receiving the incredible emotional and financial support, as well as the outpouring of love that took place on their behalf. It was a natural progression, inspired by Mitchell and directed by GOD that led them to form the Foundation in Mitchell’s memory to help others.

MTF Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Impacting communities one child at a time
  • Preserve the family unit leading to a greater quality of life – currently 100% of the families that have come together to us have remained together.
  • 2015 Attained Gold Star Status through Guide Star.
  • 2015 Produce annual 5K Run/Walk in February – currently coming up on 7th Annual
  • 2014 Achieved $500,000 in revenue in fifth year of operation
  • 2013 California Legislature: Certificate of Recognition of Service and dedication in helping families who are challenged with a life-threatening medical condition.
  • 2013 Proclamation Honoring “Mitchell Thorp Foundation” of Feb 2, County of San Diego
  • 2012 Created Junior advisory group that impacts kids (Kids Helping Kids)
  • 2012 Finalist Non-Profit Association of the Year, State of California
  • 2012 Finalist Non-Profit of the Year, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
  • 2012-Present Member of Nonprofit Alliance
  • 2011-Present Partnership with San Diego Foundation & Better Giving Program
  • 2010-Present Member North County Philanthropy Council (NCPC)
  • Board of Directors

  • Brad Thorp, CEO / Co-Founder
  • Beth Thorp, Executive Director / Co-Founder
  • Tom Watson, Secretary / Junior Advisory
  • Karen Pearson, Community Relations
  • Kelly Schwab, Director / Junior Advisory
  • AnnMarie Gabaldon, Public Relations Director
  • Vicki Duri, Director
  • Kevin Hardy, Director
  • Dan Francis, Director
  • Officers and Advisors

  • Jim Schwab, Treasurer
  • Debbie Smith, Certified Public Accountant
  • Renie Leakakos, LLP
  • Carly Dadson, Labor Relations
  • Laura Embry, Grant Writer
  • Ray Pearson, Business Advisor