In December 2011, one of FSSBA’s very talented respite care providers, Tony Foss, passed away. Shortly thereafter, we received a letter from a family with whom he worked, whose lives he touched with his enthusiasm and the loving care he brought to his work. The following is an excerpt:
“We want to share with you that Tony was the best respite care worker we ever had for our son, Caleb. He was kind, loving, positive and responsible. He always walked in the door with a big smile and said, “What’s up, Bud?”
During the past two years, Tony has taken Caleb to Special Olympics practices and other community outings. With Tony’s support, Caleb made history as a high school student with special needs on two very special occasions.
It was Tony who accompanied Caleb to participate in a Regional Jujitsu Tournament. Caleb’s instructor and the Regional judges were very impressed as it was the first time in the regional schools that an individual with a developmental disability participated in this type of tournament.
It was Tony who took Caleb to an audition for a school-wide talent show. As a result, Caleb was selected to perform a solo dance in the high-school-wide talent show in January of last year. It was a rare occasion that a student with a significant disability appeared on stage to perform for the entire school!
Our boys loved to go out with Tony. We miss him so much! “
Tony Foss understood the importance of respite care in the lives of the families we support, and took to heart his role in making life more fulfilling for the people with whom he worked.
To honor Tony Foss’ memory, FSSBA has established The “Tony” Award to honor, each year, a respite care provider demonstrating the kind of excellence that Tony brought to his work every day.
Special thanks to Esther Chow, and the entire Chow family, for proposing the establishment of The "Tony" Award, and for the generous contribution that helped to make it possible.