About Us

The Thomas Patrick Morrison Foundation was created in February 2006 to honor the legacy of one very special little man, Thomas Patrick Morrison. Tommy, as he was known to his family, was born on October 23, 2005, and passed into eternal rest on January 20, 2006, as a result of a mitochondrial disorder, mpv-17 deletion. Tommy's condition was not diagnosed until approximately five months after his death. As a result, Tommy's family, including his loving parents, Tim and Carmelina Morrison, experienced first-hand the emotional and physical turmoil associated with caring for a child with a rare or unknown condition. The family therefore committed themselves to helping others deal with rare diseases, disorders or conditions by establishing the Foundation in order to raise money to provide grants to children and families in need. The Foundation also seeks to raise awareness of mitochondrial disorders and other rare conditions through education and outreach. Through contributions and support from donors like you, Thomas' love continues to shine on all of the children and families that we serve.

To learn more about the Foundation, please click here to review the material in our Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information on the mitochondrial disorder that claimed Thomas' life, mpv-17 deletion, please review the following articles:

Mutations in the mpv17 Gene, Wong, et al, October 2007.

Navajo Neuropathy is Caused by a Mutation in the MPV17 Gene”, Karadimas, et al, September 2006.

MPV17 Encodes an Inner Mitochondrial Membrane”, Spinazzola, et al, May 2006.

Should you believe that a child or children you know would qualify for financial assistance from the Foundation, please contact the Foundation's President, Carmelina Morrison, by phone at 518.281.0930, or by email at

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