Im sorry about the photo, I was crying.
I went through my box of mixed hockey cards…and found Tom’s card.
This man…changed my life forever.
He was my favorite player coming into the 2007-08 season.
He wore my jersey number, and I loved underdogs.
I was at his first assist, on his first shift on April 3rd, 2008 Vs Kings.
I was also at his only NHL goal in San Jose vs Coyotes in 2009.
I also knew he fought great hurdles.
Until Jan 6th, 2011.
On that day, he committed suicide in his home state of Rhode Island.
On that day, he was free from his mental disabilities. He fought the good fight.
At his funeral….a very rare inverted rainbow appeared. In the shape of a smile.
He was my dedication at my graduation speech, in front of 1000 parents.
I fight depression. But I don’t play victim. He didn’t. He fought to hide it. I hold back tears, while typing this. He is the sole reason I haven’t killed myself, knowing…that others have it worse than me.
I dedicate my life to Thomas Garrett Cavanagh.
Not “Forever a Shark”. Forever a team player. Forever a great son. Forever a BRAVE man.
March 24, 1982 – January 6, 2011