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Acadiana mom continues giving back years after son’s death

Posted: 8:33 AM, Sep 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-27 09:50:57-04

David Trosclair had a passion for physical therapy.

“He was a personal trainer and worked out,” says Carol Trosclair, David’s mother. “He wanted to help people. That field was so David. I told him that I will help you. What can I do to help you become a physical therapist?”

In 2010, David got sick and accidentally took a fatal mix of prescription and over-the-counter cold medications. He was just 23 years old.

After his death, Carol says she wanted to to continue to help, even if it was not her son she was helping to realize his dream.

The David Trosclair Memorial Scholarship was created in 2011.

“I’m very grateful to be able to pay it forward for other students to have a scholarship and go on to be physical therapist,” Carol says. “A little bit of David lives on through their success.”

Today, Trosclair and student members of the Kinesiology Professional Association sell tickets every chance the get.

“I just go up to people and say, ‘Hey! I’m with KPA and these are ten dollar tickets,however it’s worth $40. All you pay is $10 and you have free gifts every month,” explains Bria Gougisha a senior Kinsiology major and member of KPA.

Gougisha says that without the scholarship going on to grad school would be difficult for many students.

“You have to pay for the applications and you’re not always accepted to all the grad schools that you apply for,” Gougisha explains. “You have this scholarship that helps to balance it out, so I’m grateful.”

And just as Carol imagined, David’s legacy is living on through all of the students crossing that finish line with his help.

Raffle tickets are $10 and are still on sale. For more information about the raffle and scholarship contact Carol Trosclair at (337) 255-8155 or email at carol8155@cox-internet.com.