Dr. John Thomas
As a general surgeon practicing in Lubbock, TX, Dr. John Thomas founded Operation HOPE in 1999. Dr. Thomas brought a Bolivian boy to the U.S. for surgery, but upon arrival the doctors decided he wouldn’t survive the operation. The boy’s final wish was to to go Disney World and see Mickey Mouse. Dr. Thomas was determined to provide this one wish and with the support of family and friends, created Operation HOPE. Operation Hope USA is a non-profit organization based in Lubbock, TX with the desire to empower, enhance, and enable people from all walks of life. In 2011, he along with partner and Director of Operations Hal Tavzel, founded Sonrise Aviation.