“This was the biggest day of my life.
And the biggest fight I’ve ever had.”
“My father told me that when I was a child he’d never seen anything like it.
And he always said, ‘It’ll be the best day of your life.'”
“When I was young, my mother was very protective of me and my dad.
She knew he was not to leave the house.”
“My mother always told me to wear a mask and protect myself from germs.
She said I was the only person in the house that could ever get sick.”
“She’d always say, ‘Tommy, just get the mask on and keep your eyes shut.'”
“I was always worried about my safety.
I was always scared.”
“But when I got to high school, everything was different.
I had friends and classmates that were older, who weren’t afraid.
I thought, ‘I don’t have to do this, I don’t need to do that. “
I always thought I was too skinny.
I thought, ‘I don’t have to do this, I don’t need to do that.
I’m the type of person that just doesn’t need a mask.'”
When I was younger, I had no friends and I was scared.””
I had to go to a school with more people who weren’t afraid.
I’d go home and talk to my parents and they’d be like, ‘What are you doing, Tom?
What are you talking about?
Don’t you see that you’re the most beautiful girl in the world?
“At that point, I just felt like I wasn’t good enough.”
“I think that’s what it’s all about.
The world has changed.
You’ve gotta be able to deal with it.
It was kind of the moment of breaking out of my shell.” “
In my first year at school, I decided to take my mask off.
It was kind of the moment of breaking out of my shell.”
“But I got caught.
I got into fights with some of my classmates.”
I think it was the first time I got really mad at someone.
And then I realized I was in trouble.
I knew I had to change my ways.”
‘I feel like I’ve been beaten up in high school’ “When I first started school, everybody was pretty supportive, but I was kind, quiet, and reserved.
I wasn’ t sure if they knew what I was going through.
I didn’t want to be the next Trayvon Martin.
I just didn’t know how to get out of the situation.””
The first few days, I didn’ t feel good.
I felt like my mom was pushing me around.
And when I finally got to school, it was hard to focus on my studies.
I kept thinking about that day, and that day I was attacked.”
Tommy Karasek was born on April 13, 1988, in the town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
He was raised in a Christian family, but moved with his parents to Tennessee to attend the University of Tennessee.
“When you grow up, you feel like you’re not a human,” Tommy recalls.
“And I was thinking that I didn'” t belong here.
At 16, Tommy met his future wife, Jody, who would become his mother, and two sisters.
He is a single father of two and has three grown-up sons.
TomTom, now 29, grew up in Tennessee, where he attended the University, and began pursuing a degree in psychology.
He earned his masters in social work and is now a social worker at a homeless shelter.
When he was in college, Tommy was one of the only students who attended a Christian church.
“My Christian background helped me understand the power of Jesus Christ.
I also felt a connection to Jesus Christ, and the fact that I was Jewish made me feel that I had a connection with Him,” he says.
According to his father, Tommy had an interest in martial arts and started training in martial art.
“He was an outstanding athlete.
He had the ability to do everything he wanted.
He loved the fight.
He hated the pain.”
His father was also a martial arts fan, and they would go to events together in the church basement.
As a teenager, Tommy started to learn to kick and kick harder.
“One day he decided to come to the church and do some of the kicks, and we went to church and we prayed together.
We prayed for him to stay healthy and not make a mistake,” says his father.
“Then he said, I think I should do a fight.
We got together and started to train.
We started sparring.”
One day, he was at home with his mother when he decided it was time to make a change.
He decided to stop watching the news and start listening to the gospel.