My sister, Gail, passed away in 1984; she was only 25 years old. Her life was filled with adversity and struggle as a result of several congenital birth defects. I was unable to do anything for her then but I always knew that when I was able to give back, I would do something to help teenagers struggling to achieve a successful adulthood. Young people like my sister Gail—who struggle in everyday life, but have a desire to make a difference in others’ lives—have been the inspiration for the Gail Guszkowski Memorial Scholarship. By helping others in her memory, we ensure that her life had meaning; we affirm that her life had a purpose. Gail lives on through the positive impact of her scholars.
I have chosen to partner with St. Thomas More High School because overcoming adversity can be daunting at any age and downright overwhelming to teenagers and I truly believe that the support and consistency of the nurturing environment at St. Thomas More at this critical time of life is key to long-term success. If we can help them now and build the right foundation now, the positive results in life for them and everyone they touch can be truly profound and have an amazing ripple effect for years to come.
I believe very strongly in this mission, and I look forward to continuing this work with St. Thomas More. I invite anyone who shares my passion for this endeavor to consider donating to the Gail Guszkowski Memorial Scholarship Fund to help us further our efforts. My sincere thanks goes to those who have generously donated to deserving students who only needed to know that someone cares.
Don Bosco Class of 1972
To read more about the Gail Guszkowski Memorial Scholarship Fund, please see the article in our 2015 fall Spirit magazine.