About the Author
When he was seven years old, Tommy was diagnosed with (ITP) a severely low platelet count which required him to make frequent trips to Hackensack University Medical Center. This experience instilled in him at a young age the desire to one day help his peers and the future children in his community to overcome their challenges. At 12-years-old he began acting professionally and used the proceeds from his first commercial to purchase gaming consoles and videos games for the children at Hackensack University Medical Center, to enjoy while receiving treatment. The positive impact on their morale was evident, and 4 years later he founded Childhood Cancer Society (CCS). CCS is a volunteer run 501(C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to help families battling childhood cancer with medical bills, transportation costs, as well as provide gifts/special events to help foster a mindset that is conducive to healing. In 2007 Tommy went on to NYU Stern undergrad to study finance and marketing as to learn how to increase his impact. After graduating, he found himself in the financial services industry, while still maintaining his non-profit and continuing to help families part time. He became an active member in the Rotary Club of New York and is now Vice President of the club. After working with this diverse group of charitable professionals, Tommy eventually found the inspiration to found Adventure Ted LLC. Centered around the children’s book hero Adventure Ted, Adventure Ted LLC is a social brand of positivity created to inspire children to use their imaginations in order to overcome challenges. Its mission is to help children, and their families, cope with childhood obstacles in lessons learned through its children’s book series, apparel lines, and toys. In addition to inspiring children and their parents, Adventure Ted LLC is a social enterprise that donates its profits to childhood related causes.
“There is only one thing we have true control over: our mindset. It is my hope that this story will inspire children and their families to see the adventure in all that they do. In doing so, each day can be seen for the gift that it truly is.”