Only the Great Die Young

Misery, mystery and a family's brave journey into life after death

And, presto, from the darkest cloud comes hope--the Chandler Hugh Jackson Youth Foundation. (Full disclosure: I have done some volunteer work for this foundation.)

"Things happen according to God's will," says Lindsey, clutching a journal that includes countless entries featuring her brother. "I trust that more good things than we can imagine are going to come from his foundation."

The organization, jump-started with money earmarked for Chandler's college fund, aims to provide less fortunate children opportunities to live to Chandler's extremes, to have the best day of their life. The foundation--www.chandlerjackson.org--has already sent kids to Christian camp retreats and conducted a youth golf tournament back at Dogwood Hills. Next fall there will be a celebrity golf tournament in the area, with proceeds used to enter baseball teams in tournaments, purchase equipment for golfers or simply supply hope.

A one-in-a-million boy was killed by a one-in-a-billion accident.
A one-in-a-million boy was killed by a one-in-a-billion accident.

"We want Chandler's memory to inspire other kids," Rick says. "It's the only way for us to make any sense out of what happened."

There's a boy buried in your old stack of newspapers.

Wouldn't it be a shame if his legacy didn't survive?

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