Kelly and Tom met in 1987 and began their life together. But in 1998, their story took a difficult turn when Tom’s oldest daughter was stricken by a rare, life-threatening illness. They learned firsthand how a child’s illness can affect a whole family: emotionally and physically.
They also learned a lot about medicine, alternative therapies and innovative ways to cope and recuperate, and were inspired to develop the Legend’s Silhouette Stables Foundation, its equine therapy and parent support programs to help other children and families do the same.
Tom and Kelly’s efforts create an atmosphere of duty, responsibility, kindness and compassion at the stables. Although they love their work as mentors and surrogate parents to the children who visit their camp, their ultimate goal is to energize the whole country to join in helping children like these. They believe that America has the empathy, concern, and love to change sick children’s lives by bringing them a lifetime’s worth of achievement, excitement and joy.
They are supported at the Stables' summer camp by a dedicated and altruistic group of volunteers that include physicians, nurses, counselors, altruists, horse enthusiasts and Child Life Specialists who focus on the psychological needs of children, easing their fears and anxieties while promoting confidence and character building. With the advice of expert riders, trainers, and instructors we are able to make the introduction to horses fun and rewarding for the children.