Support For Christi Thomas

This blog is to help offer support to the Thomas Family and their daughter, Christi, in her battle against cancer. Please visit Christi's website at to learn more. There, you'll find journals, photos and a lots of other information about this amazing child and her family.

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Saturday, June 06, 2015

2015 Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarships Awarded to Dance Unlimited Students

This year's Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarship applicants for the Dance Unlimited Scholarship were all simply amazing!  We love them and are very proud of of them all. We understand why Christi loved going to dance to be with them whenever she could.  Congratulations to this year's Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Winners!  $1,000 - Elena and $1,000 - Marissa.  Because of awesome applicants, we added three $100 Book Scholarships which were award to Paityn, Madison and McKenzie.  I was so relieved Shayla Thomas​ gave the speech for me. This whole scholarship process we do each year is emotionally draining.  It feels like life is being sucked out of me.  No one was closer to Christi than Shayla so my thanks to her for doing this for our family. Congratulations, ladies! (Three minute video clip of announcement attached.)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

$1,000 Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Winner for Seneca East - Paityn!

As always, we had many wonderful applications for the annual $1,000 Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarship we award to a Seneca East graduating Senior.  This year's decision was very difficult, due to all of the students being so fabulous.  After careful review, prayer and deliberation, we selected Paityn Caudill as this year's recipient.  Congratulations, Paityn!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

2015 Christi Thomas Memorial $1,000 Scholarship for a Seneca East Graduating Senior

We will award the 9th annual $1,000 Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarship at Seneca East again this year.  All interested Seniors are encouraged to apply.  The deadline is what would have been Christi's 18th birthday, May 12th.  To apply, follow the information on her scholarship website at:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Christi Thomas Memorial Egg Hunt

Grab a basket and bring your little ones to the annual Christi Thomas Memorial Egg Hunt at Tiffin University on Wednesday, April 1st beginning at 3:30pm in the courtyard.
Christi at the Tiffin University Egg Hunt, about 2000.  She always loved it which is why we are happy to make a donation to the university each year in her honor.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Lemon Ball Dance Party Pictures Here!

I can't say enough good things about all of the wonderful teens who attended Shayla's Lemon Ball fundraiser on Saturday night at the Ritz Theater.  They danced for four straight hours and we all had a lovely time.  There were about 65 students in attendance from seven different area high schools, all coming together to raise money for childhood cancer.  What a fabulous event!  After Shayla announced the total, nearly $3,000 her sweet friends even broke out in singing her a happy 16th birthday.  She is blessed and we believe Christi must be proud of her too!  Thanks to all who were able to donate for a cause so near and dear to our family's heart!  THANK YOU!!
Shayla with her best friends!
Shayla with sweet school friends!

Goofing around with friends!

Happy to see friends arrive!

Shayla with school friends!

Shayla with school and theater friends.

Shayla & Zach!

Josh was one of Christi's best friends!  We love him so much!  He gave Christi a bear a few months before she died.  She loved her bear and named him "Bluie".  Bluie was beside her when she left us.  One of her last phone calls was from this sweet guy!  He made her so happy, just goofing around and talking.  It's wonderful to see that Josh grew up into an awesome young man.  We are so proud of him and wish him the very best!

Shayla with her choir, show choir, theater and musical friends.

This guy has captured our hearts this year!  Welcome to Tiffin!  I hope to see you at BGSU next year!

A break for pizza and cookies!

Snack time!

Dancing the night away! Who knew these guys could sing too?!!

Parents working the lemonade and water stand!

Shayla with her sweet date!  It must not have been easy to be Shayla's boyfriend Saturday night, but Nate is a class act and was so incredibly mature, supportive and helpful!  What a gem!

Dance, dance, dance!

The DJ did a great job of keeping everyone on their feet!
Party Invites

Party's over!  It's clean up time, Nate & Shay Shay!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

2015 Lemon Ball Dance Party: A Fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand in honor of 16th birthday and in memory of Christi

As I shared earlier, Shayla asked us if we would rent a space and hire a DJ to have a fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand instead of receiving gifts for her 16th birthday so we did. Last night was Shayla's "Lemon Ball Dance Party" where students from: Calvert, Columbian, Hopewell, Lakota, St. Wendelin, Seneca East, Buckeye Central high schools and BGSU danced for four hours. (Due to fire code at the theater, Shayla had to limit her guest list and she felt bad about not being able to invited everyone she wanted to invite.) Thanks to amazing friends, family and loving Internet "Christi fans" pulling together for a great cause, approximately $2,800 was raised. Shayla far surpassed her goal of raising $1600 for her 16th birthday and we believe Christi was proud of her little sister. Thanks everyone for your incredible generosity, and concern for children fighting the most horrible beast - childhood cancer! May God richly bless you all and keep you safe!  If you did not give and would like to, here is the link:

I will post more pictures later, but here is our latest family photo:

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rite of Passage

We now have a new driver in the family!  It's hard to believe Shayla is old enough to be driving, but she passed her driver's test yesterday.  My thanks to Shayne for all of his patience and work with her over the past months. (Picture:  Her final practice with Shayne pretending to be a "cone".  She told me I wasn't brave enough to stand out there and do that.  Lol!)  May her special guardian angel watch over and protect her - and all - as they travel.