Giving Back

Look who’s paying it forward — the students of St. Thomas More School in Allentown who raised $4,578.34 for Good Shepherd’s MS Wellness Program with their Second Annual Junior High Charity Fundraising Dance, "Rave to Save," and other events. Also contributing were children in the K-6th grade homerooms who held a coin challenge to win an out-of-uniform day.

The students chose Good Shepherd in loving memory of Brett Weber and in honor of his father, Carl Weber, who is the middle school principal at St. Thomas More. Regina Loia-cono, a junior high school teacher and Rave to Save dance coordinator said, "All the 8th grade students remember his (Brett’s) infectious smile, loving heart, generous spirit, and his service dog Sophie, who was always by his side at all major St. Thomas More events."

Brett, who had multiple sclerosis, passed away in 2014. He was a beloved member of the MS Wellness Program and an accomplished artist who inspired many with his Broken Art Creativity Class at Good Shepherd.

"We are so very grateful for this incredible donation from the young people at St. Thomas More," says Jerry Werner, program coordinator. "Brett was passionate about art and knew it has tremendous healing power. The art class he helped start lets people explore their creative talents, find mental respite from the daily challenges of MS, participate in a leisure activity that is engaging, learn a new hobby, and have a sense of accomplishment and pride in their work."

Funds will support the MS Therapeutic Art Class by helping pay for a professional artist who leads the class, supplies and provide partial pay for some participants. The donation will also provide financial aid for those in the MS Wellness Program to join the Optimal Fitness gym at Good Shepherd (which Brett also enjoyed) and possibly fund a community-type activity such as bringing in a guest motivational speaker or hosting an MS family movie night with refreshments.

Brett and Sophie are dearly missed but we’re pretty sure Brett is smiling down on us all knowing that his legacy of caring, giving and serving his community is in good hands with the next generation.