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Whiz Kid Tommy Antonson and a Sweet (Tomatoes) Event Worth Attending

Our Whiz Kid of the week is Tommy Antonson, who "pays it forward" by helping his little sister and a cause called Project Mobility. Plus, there's an event coming up at Sweet Tomatoes to help that cause.

Tommy Antonson is a young man with a mission.

His mission: To "pay it forward" and help raise funds for Project Mobility—which has the simple, sweet goal of helping kids with disabilities get on bike and ride.

On Monday, Feb. 28, the St. Charles Sweet Tomatoes, 2801 E. Main St.,
will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a special party complete with their popular Carrot Lava Cake served all day. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for Project Mobility.

For more information, call Sweet Tomatoes at 630-377-3309 or visit
www.sweettomatoes.com. For information about Project Mobility call 630- 762-9807 or visit www.projectmobility.org.

Whiz Kid: Tommy Antonson

Age: 8 (at least that was his age in November :)

Whiz Kid's Accomplishment: Raising money for Project Mobility

Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness:

Geneva Patch once before, on Thanksgiving Day in fact, shortly after he was honored at the Geneva City Council meeting for raising $1,304.75 so that children like his sister can have a chance to ride a bike.

He raised that much money single-handedly, by selling lollipops at 25 cents (literally) a pop.

Tommy's sister Rose, who was 4 at the time of the November council meeting, has 10q Partial Trisomy, an extremely rare chromosomal disorder that among other symptoms inhibits her mobility.

Project Mobility started with a girl named Riley Christensen, and her goodwill spread faster than any disease could, infecting Tommy and his family with love and purpose. The story has turned into a national event, maybe even global in this Internet age.

You can learn more about the backstory at www.thebikerack.com, view the Hallmark Heroes YouTube video clip hosted by Regis Philbin that describes Project Mobility or read about it in this Reader's Digest story.

Tommy's "key to awesomeness" is pretty apparent. When Mayor Kevin Burns asked Tommy why he answered this way:

"Just so I could get another special-needs kid a bike—to pay it forward," he said.

To make a donation, send a check 2930 Campton Hills Rd., St. Charles, IL 60175, or visit the Project Mobility website here.

To nominate a Geneva Patch Whiz Kid, send an e-mail to Moms Council member Kyla Keime at kyla@cunninghamcpa.com and Cc Geneva Patch Editor Rick Nagel at rickn@patch.com.

About this Feature

Each week, Geneva Patch seeks suggestions from you for individual kids, youth groups, teens, and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments.

We want to hear about Geneva's amazing children and teens and select one each week as the Geneva Patch Whiz Kid. Submit your nomination in our comment box below or e-mail the information to Moms Council member Kyla Keime at kyla@cunninghamcpa.com with a Cc to Geneva Patch Editor Rick Nagel at rickn@patch.com. A name and contact information is enough, but if possible, include the following information:

  • Nominator's Name
  • Nominator's E-Mail
  • Whiz Kid's Name
  • Whiz Kid's Age
  • Whiz Kid's School
  • Whiz Kid's Accomplishment
  • Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness (What made him/her successful? Just 150 words is plenty, but write as long or as short as you wish.)

If you have any questions, contact Kyla at kyla@cunninghamcpa.com or Rick at rickn@patch.com or 630-886-0792.

Kyla Keime February 23, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Great Choice Rick, Tommy is a super sweet kid! So glad to see that Tommy is a Geneva Patch Whiz Kid!!!
Barbara Irving July 11, 2011 at 02:52 PM
So proud to know Tommy! He is a regular volunteer at the Mooseheart concession stand during the past several schoolyears. We love Tommy!

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