2014 Inspiration Award Recipients Trish and Eric Rohr of Rohrs Rockstars
A highlight of the evening is always the “Inspiration Award” presentation. The “Inspiration Award” recognizes an individual in our community who has not only fought through the effects of cancer with impeccable strength, but serves as a great source of inspiration to other cancer survivors and to all of us involved with 24 Hours of Booty. The nominee can be a cancer fighter, survivor or someone affected by the terrible disease.
Our 2014 Inspiration Award recipient is Trish and Eric Rohr of Rohrs Rockstars. The foundation exists to Rohr Rockstars empowers children with extended illness to reach their academic goals and to walk confidently and optimistically though their journey as lifelong learners.
From their nomination submission by Miegan Fink:
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”~Rabindranath Tagore.
This quotation is the banner for Trish and Eric Rohr’s community non-profit organization. I think the only way to describe Eric and Trish Rohr is to give you a link to their foundation—Rohr Rockstars.
The Rohr family took Eric’s diagnosis of a glioma tumor and channeled all of their struggle, grief, fear and pain into reaching out to the community and helping children with cancer and other long-term illnesses, so that they can receive the education and technology that can assist them. Trish founded Rohr Rockstar’s as a non-profit organization to as their mission statement posits, “to empower children facing cancer and other extended illnesses to reach their academic goals and to walk optimistically and confidently through their journey as lifelong learners”. Trish, Eric’s wife, founded and runs Rohr Rockstar’s and even presented at TEDxCharlotteEd. She is a wild bundle of energy and passion and is continuing to advocate for the educational needs of children with long-term illnesses. Eric celebrates his life with his family every day. They both inspire me from their honesty and communication with their two children about what their family is facing, to the clarity and perspective that they show friends and family about how to live your life with love and hope when facing uncertainty. Trish is a former middle school Science teacher, and my friend. Her relentless search for an outlet to benefit children with cancer and other long-term illnesses was the motivation for Rohr Rockstars and for creating a fund to support educational programming at Levine Children’s Hospital. She is a devoted wife and mother and her commitment to increasing awareness and support for children with cancer is a bright beacon of hope.
“It was such an honor to be chosen as the winner for the 2012 inspiration award especially knowing that so many other deserving candidates live with and fight against cancer every day. In a very short period of time, I lost my father and mother-in-law to aggressive cancer, but even that could not prepare me for the devastating news that my 20 month old daughter, Ava, also had cancer. Ava had Retinoblastoma, a rare childhood eye cancer that led us to Philadelphia where she had her eye removed one week after diagnosis. There are really no words adequate to describe how difficult it is to put a toddler who is barely speaking and still a baby in your arms through the process of cancer treatment. I was led down a road that no traveler ever wants to take but in the end, as the horrible forces of cancer took the sight away from my daughter, God allowed me to see life more clearly. Cancer has given me a new way to walk through life …a better way. Through Ava’s Gift to June, the charity created in Ava’s honor to help other families battling childhood cancer, I am able to know countless, inspirational superheroes in the form of innocent children fighting for another day of life. I am so proud to have been recognized for “inspiring” others as they deal with cancer and hope to continue to pay forward the same inspiration that was given to me. Thank you so much for all your organization is doing to help those affected by cancer and for helping to one day find the cure to end its very existence.”
Heather E. Shiflett
2012 Inspiration Award Winner