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 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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