THE family of two young Banora Point boys tragically killed in a car smash has revealed their grief and gratitude in an open letter to the Tweed community.
Kieran, 14, and Jordan Thomas, 9, died in a horrific head-on smash near Condong on April 5, while being driven to school by their mother Helen.
A well known local identity with strong soccer ties, Helen survived the collision with a truck on Tweed Valley Way, but suffered dreadful injuries.
She was rushed from the accident scene to the Tweed Hospital and later transferred to Gold Coast Hospital, where she was treated for a broken pelvis, broken ribs, broken elbow, fractured ribs and liver damage.
She has since been transferred to John Flynn private hospital at Tugun and was moved from intensive care into a general ward last weekend.
She took her first tentative steps since the accident yesterday, but is expected to remain in hospital for another three to four weeks.
Yesterday the Thomas family ? Helen, her husband Mark and two older sons Chris, 21, and Dale, 19, ? issued an open letter to the public thanking the Tweed community for its comfort and support.
''These past few days have been the hardest of our lives,'' the letter said.
''It is very difficult to express in words the feelings of loss, of love, and support that we have felt.
''Kieran and Jordan's energy and hope for life has touched many in the community, too many to thank individually.
''This tragedy of ours seems to have amalgamated a community, a community that has opened its heart in a willingness to give.
''The compassionate support we have received from you all has not only provided comfort to our family, it has made us feel privileged to live in such a community, amongst people who exhibit care, love and understanding in their daily lives.''
The popularity, respect and esteem in which the Thomas family is held was underlined at last week's funeral for the boys when more than 1500 people packed out Sacred Heart catholic church at Murwillumbah.
There was barely a dry eye as family members and friends recalled a pair of ''special'' boys with an incredible zest for life.
Schoolmates from Mt St Pats and teammates from Murwillumbah Services Club lined the streets as two hearses containing the boys' coffins moved away from the church.