Thomas “Tommy” Finnegan was born on February 28, 1988 and passed away on March 1, 2008. Tommy could not speak, was confined to a wheelchair, tube fed, had to endure countless surgeries and illnesses but was an inspiration to all of those who were fortunate enough to have known him.
Tommy was diagnosed with Tyrosinemia weeks after being born and received a liver transplant in June of 1988 thereby, at that time, becoming the worlds youngest liver transplant recipient. Months later it was realized that prior to Tommy receiving his new liver; Tyrosinemia had caused neurological damage, which left him with severe to profound cerebral palsy and mental retardation. To assist Tommy’s father and mother in providing all they could for Tommy’s needs, family and friends united in what became the annual “Tourney for Tommy” 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Tommy’s passed away from complications due to pneumonia 1 day before his 18th annual tournament.
The Tradition Continues
Tommy’s life brought out the best in human beings. So it is with that experience his family and friends formed The Tommy Finnegan Legacy Foundation to assist other families in need. The TFLF is an IRS recognized Not for Profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization and as such is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions from donors.
TFLF is a Chicago based foundation and inquiries or donations can be mailed to:
5636 South New England
Chicago, IL 60638
Tommy Finnegan Legacy Foundation