On March 07, 1985, a little boy graced their world with bright eyes, a big smile, and chubby cheeks. Throughout his short life his parents, Steve and Pam, gained the knowledge of unconditional love, the miracle of life, the ability to see the joy in life through the eyes of a child. TJ was their only son and touched their lives like no other.
Sadly, after 12 months and 13 days of joy, TJ passed away suddenly from a tragic accident. TJ’s parents were devastated. Words cannot describe the emptiness etched into their hearts. Their pain and suffering was unbearable! Through this indescribable loss, Pam and Steve made the decision to lean on the blessings they received during TJ’s short life; to carry on, to reach out, and to inspire others in his name.
Over the years, Pam and Steve supported many children’s organizations in the memory of their son. They donated books to start the children’s library at the Colorado Children’s Museum by organizing golf tournaments. They delivered carts full of Christmas presents to various Santa Shops and other charities within the Denver community. However, they always felt this was not enough and they needed to do more.
With determination and love for their son, along with the generosity of TJ’s grandparents, the late Bill and Rozena Cherry and Dean and Joy Myrick, their charity, “TJ Memorial Fund” was born. This is Pam and Steve’s way of sharing TJ’s everlasting light.
And yet, something was still missing. It was not enough to help just those who were suffering. Pam. who had always had a calling to be a nurse herself, wanted to help others who had that same calling; a desire to heal. Who’s dreams too are to become a nurse.
In 2014, Steve and Pam decided to make a permanent mark on those dreams. With their ties to Regis University they felt compelled to give back to Regis for all the love and support that had been given to them while Pam work there (1980 thru 1989). They wanted to “Pay It Forward”, and at the same time create an everlasting memory of their son. Therefore, through the TJ Memorial Fund they started the “The TJ Myrick Memorial Endowed Scholarship” for nursing students attending the Loretto Heights School of Nursing at Regis University.
Through the “The TJ Myrick Memorial Endowed Scholarship” , Steve and Pam have found a way to keep their son’s memory alive and reach out to help others for many years to come