Cathy & Joanne- Family of Tom, who is serving a life sentence

Growing up in a dysfunctional family where fighting, abuse & drug/alcohol abuse was the norm…I felt that my brother Tom had been given such an unfair disadvantage in life. We were all just trying to survive on a daily basis. Trying to cope or escape the craziness of our home life without much guidance or protection. My brother didn’t set out to make bad choices, he was in self preservation mode as we all were.

I’m not excusing the fact that some of his actions lead to traumatic consequences for all, directly and indirectly involved. I remember the “boy” who was not given any guidance as a child. I remember the “man” that was lead off to prison in hand cuffs…a piece of my heart left with him on that day.

My brother Tom is my Inspiration. He lifts me up and encourages me to constantly strive to do better for myself; even, when I’m not so sure I can. After all, if he can give up drugs, quit smoking, and graduate from college while in prison, then surely I can do more. My brother is the most caring, loving, intelligent and thought provoking person that I know! He could make a big difference in the lives of others by the lessons he has learned and from the pain he endures. I pray that some day my brother will walk out of that prison a free man. That he could embrace this life out here, no longer the child; but, the man that has grown, in prison, for 30 years! So I will continue to visit with my brother and talk as often as possible…holding on to hope.

My Brother, My Hero, My protector…I love him with all of my heart and soul.

Joanne (Tom’s youngest sister)

I CAN NEVER HAVE PEACE
I IMAGINE MYSELF IN HIS PLACE
BEGGING, PLEADING , SOMETIMES  SCREAMING
A THOUSAND TEARS DOWN MY FACE

PLEASE PL EASE RELEASE MY BROTHER
MY PRAYER FOR  THIRTY YEARS
THE PENALTY FAR OUTWEIGHED THE CRIME
HOW LONG IS LONG ENOUGH TIME?

I’LL CONTINUE TO ASK YOU UNTILL THE DAY WE MEET
MUCH MORE THAN THIS JESUS
PLEASE PLEASE  SHOW MY BROTHER
YOUR HANDS AND YOUR FEET

Cathy  (Tom’s sister)

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