This month we are excited to celebrate one of our favorite Changemakers, Tommy Sablan (aka Little Tommy Sablan). This kind heart has been working in radio since 1982 and most of us know Tommy as the long-time producer of the Jeff and Jer morning radio show in San Diego. What you may not know is that he is the first and only radio producer in the National Hall of Fame – inducted with Jeff and Jer in 2016. Tommy grew up in Chula Vista and currently resides in Escondido. He is the proud father of Eddie, Vanessa and Amanda and proud grandfather of Natalie and Justin. He is involved in numerous community organizations and speaks to kids of all ages about making good choices in life.
As always, we had a few questions for our Changemaker:
CLF: How did you get involved with and what do you do for CLF?
TS: In 2010, my life changed. My life changed at Chelsea’s memorial service, where I heard Brent say that our world needs hope. In order for our world to have HOPE, you need to GIVE. Give your heart and give your time. He said remember my daughter that way. I was influenced by Brent in that moment and my life changed. I gave my heart and time to my community.
Prior to that memorial service, I was part of the original 5 guys who came up with the idea to truly finish Chelsea’s run at Lake Hodges. David Jewell, Aaron Acevedo, Andy Voggenthaler, Todd Velasquez, and I wanted 100 people to show up in March of 2010 at Lake Hodges to finish her actual route. We didn’t get 100 people. We had over 3,500 people show up and that was the start of Finish Chelsea’s Run.
I also took two busloads of Changemakers to Sacramento to walk the steps of the state capital with Brent and Kelly as they presented Chelsea’s Law. I also work close with Amber Dubois’ family.
CLF: What do you like best about Chelsea/CLF?
TS: I love that Chelsea’s Light Foundation includes Amber Dubois’ family in everything. They are together in heaven! I also love that they award the Sunflower Scholarship Fund to young students that will carry on Chelsea’s legacy.
CLF: What is your vision of CLF 5 years from now?
TS: My vision for CLF is to reach 10,000 participants at Finish Chelsea’s Run and then 20,000 and then branch off to other cities.
CLF: Anything else you would like to share about our mission?
TS: My definition of a CHANGEMAKER is someone who GIVES. Someone who gives just like Brent told us to do to remember his daughter. GIVE because our world needs hope.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Thank you, Tommy for being a daily example of Chelsea’s spirit and Brent and Kelly’s vision – we are so grateful for you!