The Marshall Racing Project 33 (MRP33) is a movement born from a 21-year-old young man named Marshall Foster who committed suicide following a miraculous recovery from a harrowing motor cycle accident. It is an extraordinary story involving John Peter Smith Hospital Trauma 1 Unit in Fort Worth, Texas, and Trauma 1 Unit Nurse, Ever Gomez, who forged an unconventional friendship with Marshall when they discovered a shared passion for speed and motorcycle racing.
During Marshall’s extensive recovery period, Ever would visit him often. He offered to help Marshall sell or repair his crushed motorcycle while also inspiring hope in a young man who was suffering from a broken soul with broken aspirations for the future. Their friendship continued to flourish when Marshall was finally discharged from the hospital. Together they would work on their motorcycles and talk about life. What Ever did not know, was that Marshall was battling thoughts of suicide, and had been long before the motorcycle crash.
On July 13, 2016, the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Article II and the House Public Health Committee held a joint hearing regarding the interim charge to study the Texas Trauma System. Over the course of four hours, testimony was given by the Department of State Health Services, Emergency Care Providers, Physicians, and allied healthcare providers about the Texas Trauma System. Marshall gave testimony before the joint committee hearing on his own personal experience with the Texas Trauma System. Marshall told his story of what happened to him just a few months earlier. He expressed thankfulness that he was taken to a major trauma center where life-saving interventions and specially trained medical personnel were readily available to care of him. Marshall was passionate in sharing his story, eager to have a positive impact on the legislative session, and the decisions made regarding the state’s Trauma System.
Less than a year later, Marshall took his own life on October 12, 2017. Several months later, Marshall’s mother, Susan E Foster, was scrolling through his text messages and came across the conversations between Marshall and Ever. She immediately contacted Ever to offer him the wreckage of Marshall’s motorcycle for parts, and he accepted.
What followed was the launch of The Marshall Racing Project (MRP33), a special event arranged by Ever on behalf of Mental Health Awareness and to surprise Marshall’s family and friends with the unveiling of his completely refurbished bike painted in his favorite color green with the number 33 featured on it which is Marshall’s birthday (March 3). Thereafter, Ever races the bike in Marshall’s honor for Mental Health and Fitness Awareness.
Marshall at 3
Marshall at 7
Marshall and his sister, Victoria
Marshall at 2
For Marshall’s 21st birthday, hence the 21 on everyone’s shirt.
Marshall at 9
Marshall at the Texas State Legislature Hearing
Marshall and Susan
Family Ski Trip
to celebrate Marshall’s 21st birthday
MRP33 has teamed up with The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation and John Peter Smith Hospital Foundation to help bring continued awareness to HOPE SQUAD, a peer to peer training program for elementary, junior high, and high school students for suicide prevention, Mental Health and Fitness Research and other systems of suicide prevention. Ever Gomez, RN and Trauma 1 Unit Nurse, is an Ordinary Angel who launched the MRP33 movement offering a message of hope to others, because your life matters.