When Tripp Roth was born on May 14, 2009, nobody could have guessed just how many hearts he would touch in his short life. Tripp lived for two years and eight months with Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a genetic disorder that left blisters all over the little boy's body and affected his health in many other ways.
Tripp's mother, Courtney Roth, left her job to become his full-time caretaker. While caring for him, she ensured the strength of Tripp's legacy by blogging about his life and condition. Her blog, "EB"ing a Mommy, gained a wide following and inspired thousands of regular readers.
Tripp died on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Courtney updated her readers late that evening and shared her memories of his life and death, noting that "He took his last peaceful breaths in my arms, in his most favorite spot." The post saddened her many readers and received more than 800 responses in just a day and a half. Tripp's Guest Book reached a new audience and touched more hearts, with condolences pouring in from friends and strangers alike. Many had heard about Tripp's love for his drum and remarked on that as they expressed their sympathy.
Heaven's Little Drummer Boy is home free from pain. May your Mommie feel your LOVE forever! Tripp, you JOB is done, you have your wings.
Sweet little drummer boy, may you play those drums with the angels and run around in the gates of Heaven EB free!! May you rest in peace pain free and knowing the impression your amazing little smile had on so many people. Watch over you brave mother and know that she loved you more than life itself.
Beautiful Tripp, you were such an inspiration to me. Your strength, undeniable talent with music and lively spirit brought so much joy to my life. My children LOVED watching the videos of you playing the drums. Courtney you are the most incredible mother in the world. Tripp was so lucky to have you. May he rest in eternal peace.
Heaven has such a precious drummer boy, thank you lord for his peace. Sending prayers for the family to heal. Courtney is such a strong & amazing mother that mothers like myself will always look up to. Tripp is special to so many people he has truly touched my heart for a lifetime.
Written by Linnea Crowther