Thomas Honored at Singleton Moms' Ball

Posted: November 20, 2013

PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury center Krystal Thomas won the inaugural “Giving Heart Award” on Saturday, November 16 during Singleton Moms’ annual Giving Hands Ball.

The award honors a person who truly understands and brings awareness to Singleton Moms’ mission of helping single parents with cancer by providing emotional, financial and household support. For Thomas, this organization’s work hits close to home.

“Krystal’s personal story of having been raised by a single mother with cancer brings a unique perspective to the Singleton Moms’ mission,” said Jody Farley-Berens, Executive Director and Founding Member of Singleton Moms. “She has an understanding of the struggles our parents face.”

At 11 years old, Thomas’ father was incarcerated and sentenced to seven years in prison. A few months later, her mother was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. As the oldest of five, her role at home shifted and she became the caretaker for her mother and four younger siblings. Her mother battled breast cancer for five years, before passing away in January of 2006.

“Aiding single parents who are battling cancer is such an imperative area that Singleton Moms pinpoints and does an extraordinary job at facilitating,” said Thomas. “It’s very humbling to receive an honor like this from an organization whose sole purpose is to impact others’ lives. It was extremely unexpected, yet I am truly appreciative of it.”

This past Mercury season the team hosted its annual “Rock the Pink” weekend in support of breast health awareness and raised more than $20,000 for Singleton Moms. The money was raised through the team’s luminaria dedication drive, “Rock the Chalk” chalk art festival and a live auction of Mercury player’s pink game worn jerseys.

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