Meet "Tattoo Tom" Mitchell: Father, Activist, Founder of Still Brave Foundation

Following the death of his daughter Shayla in 2009 from Hodgkin's Lymphoma Tom dedicated his entire life to providing non-medical support to children with cancer and their families. He's also committed to raising awareness of the need for more research funding and safer, less toxic treatments for children with cancer.

An extreme runner, he completed a 200 mile run at Lake Tahoe in 2015, and has been featured in an award-winning documentary and Emmy-winning news stories of his exploits. To date he has raised over $800,000 for Stillbrave just through his ultrarunning endeavors.

But on a regular day, you're likely to find him on a personal visit either at the chemo clinic or at a child's bedside, or on the streets of Washington D.C. carrying a sign, loudly and unapologetically vocal about what matters most, awareness for our children with cancer and the urgent need for solutions for them.

Get a sneak-peek at his upcoming 200 miler in Washington State where he will be accompanied by a childhood cancer survivor to make "Team Two-Feathers" for StillBrave Foundation, and take heart in a personal story of transformation and hope.

 

 

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About Janet


Blessed with varied interests and an artistic and musical upbringing, Janet had health challenges throughout her young adult life. Despite these she graduated Cum Laude from Wellesley College with an award of distinction for acting, and had also been a champion equestrian. She began a family with her husband Barry later in life, and had finally found happiness with daughter Sophie-Marie (3/12/06) and then baby (Jack 8/30/08). Five weeks after his birth, the family escaped a wildfire in which all worldly possessions were lost. The family relocated in December of 2008 to Agua Dulce CA where they currently reside.

Jack began to have unsettling symptoms at the age of 3; he was taken to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and was diagnosed with DIPG, or diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, on Friday Oct. 28, 2011, indisputably the darkest experience of Janet's life. The outrage of it made her determined to find the good in the situation, and she asked God to "Put me to work!" After Jack's death, she remained determined to start working to find solutions to DIPG and incorporated Jack's Angels at the end of 2012; the Foundation began its work in 2013. Despite the fact that DIPG is responsible for the majority of brain tumor deaths in children, she had been told there were no solutions for Jack because "the numbers aren't great enough for investors." This remains the primary motivation in her advocacy work, to prioritize children's lives in our medical system in the United States.