In Memory of Seth Thomas
Seth Thomas, was a brilliant, caring, musically and poetically gifted individual who led his life in service of his friends and family, communities both here and abroad, and most of all, he led his life in service of God. These efforts took him to many different countries, touched many different lives, and put him into medical school where he would become a leader.
Seth was working abroad in Peru for a medical program through Augusta University when he went for a hike Friday afternoon in the Andes Mountains. Seth had a profound faith and wanted to hike to see a cross atop a nearby mountain in Cusco. It was on this journey to see this monument to God that tragically Seth was lost as he encountered treacherous terrain.
To the Thomas Family, we love you and want you to know that the School of Medicine mourns with you. The joy of knowing your son brought light and energy into all of our lives.
This GoFundMe is an effort to offset all of the costs in the coming days for the Thomas family as Seth is returned home and laid to rest. We know it isn't much, but we can at least take off some of the burdens -- or bear our own cross -- for them in the coming days. There may be untold costs to getting his body home and buried, so anything you can add or even if you just share his story would be greatly appreciated.
I will add to this with more later. If anyone would like to contact me to make changes or additions I will be glad to. Seth and I were friends and colleagues. We worked closely as class officers together to better the student experiences at the USC School of Medicine. He was always thinking how he could help people and I will endeavor to live the rest of my days with as much integrity as I can to match the way he lived his.
We wanted to sincerely thank each person who has donated funds to help our family. We greatly appreciate what has been done in Seth’s honor and also are completely overwhelmed by the generosity. At this date, his remains are still in Peru. We do not know what costs will be incurred at this time nor when it will finally be resolved. The USC medical school has been wonderful by coordinating everything so we are not burdened by this work. We do know that Seth is in heaven because of his faith in Jesus so we are not upset by the delays.
Seth lived his life being concerned with others. He showed compassion for everyone he met. Seth wanted to spend his life helping make the world a better place especially for those less fortunate than himself. We will continue to be deeply saddened by our loss but also deeply humbled as we continue to find out the many ways he touched those around him.
With whatever funds remain, we are going to donate those in Seth’s honor. It may take a few months to sort this out, however, when that is done, we will post an update with a description of what was done.
Thank you again so very much for each of your contributions.
God Bless each of you,
Heyward & Janet Thomas
I just wanted to post one final update to say thank you!
Thank you to everyone who cared so deeply for Seth and the Thomas family to donate, share, or contribute beautiful statements of condolences, memories and more. Everything that has been done since events began unfolding this past weekend is exemplary of the human spirit. It reflects the best in all of us when we care enough to unite behind a cause.
Seth Thomas lived his life via music, poetic/creative thought, and most of all, love. Seth's love of life was displayed in many ways, through his love of purpose, love of people, love of family and love of God. In honoring him with all the support you have shown, you have demonstrated the very best of Seth Thomas that lies within all of us. Something that, as he elegantly wrote himself, is a measure of who he was when he lived.
Thank you all