About Us

Giving Families Hope

Our Mission: Our Mission: Supporting families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders. MTF "cares for the caregiver" by providing financial, emotional and resource support to those in need.

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

Mitchell Thorp Foundation

A public 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support to families in Southern California. Our focus is to provide individualized aid to meet the needs of the family (i.e medical equipment not covered by insurance, medical co-payments, child's medication, hotel, meals and transportation while away from home getting treatments, sibling care, basic living expense, gas and grocery gift cards and home improvements to assist family and child)

How You Can Help

We are supported by the public through private and corporate donations, sponsorships, and grants. We welcome donations throughout the year to help us provide relief to the overwhelmed and financially strapped families we serve.

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 lives on through the Mitchell Thorp Foundation as inspiration to young athletes and children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.

The Thorps 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

  • 2013 California Legislature: Certificate of Recognition for all your work and dedication to helping families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders
  • 2013: Proclamation Honoring "Mitchell Thorp Foundation" on Feb 2, County of San Diego
  • 2012 Finalist Non-Profit Association of the Year, State of California Senate
  • 2012 Finalist Non-Profit Association Award, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
  • 2012 - Present: Member, Nonprofit Alliance
  • 2011 Finalist Non-Profit Association Award, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
  • 2011 - Present: Partnership with San Diego Foundation, Better Giving Program
  • Board of Directors

  • Brad Thorp, CEO and Co-Founder
  • Beth Thorp, Director and Co-Founder
  • Tom Watson, Secretary
  • Kelly Schwab, Director and Junior Advisory Chair
  • Karen Pearson, Director of Community Relations
  • Jacob Bobek, Director
  • Kevin Hardy, Director
  • Vicki Duri, Director
  • Officers

  • Jim Schwab, Treasurer