Richard Thomas played football at University of Washington during those heady years of the early '90s, though the running back might be best remembered for helping end Miami’s record 58-game home winning streak back in 1994. He was still a student when he married Christie Dammarell, his high school girlfriend who went on to be a UW cheerleader. Today the couple has three children; Thomas played briefly for the Ravens after college, but found a post-football calling as a motivational speaker, in addition to other jobs. But last July, Christie suffered a brain aneurysm at age 39 that required major surgery. A second brain hemorrhage resulted in a second surgery.
Today Christie Thomas is unable to communicate verbally and lives in a long-term care facility. Yesterday the folks at Taste at SAM sent word they are partnering with Richard Thomas to hold a benefit dinner and silent auction to raise funds for the family, specifically for everyday needs for the Thomases’ three children, 19-year-old MaRyann, Richard Lee, 16, and Payton, 10.
Thomas's longtime teammate Ernie Conwell will emcee the event, happening Sunday, April. Register and donate right over here.
Christie Thomas Benefit
April 21, 6:30, Taste at SAM, $75