Turning Tragedy Into Charity: Area Mother Honors Son Lost to a Tragic Car Accident
Our Panama City personal injury lawyer works with many local families amidst tragedy. We are proud to serve Panama City car accident victims, but we know that no one hopes to need legal services in the wake of preventable accidents. However, people are often defined by their hardest trials, and we remain impressed by the resilience of those with whom we work. The News Herald recently profiled one such story of a local mother who turned personal tragedy into hope for area young people.
On February 2, 1996, a car crash at the corner of U.S. 98 and Richard Jackson Boulevard claimed two lives. Jonathan McCoy was 16 years old and Logan Mitchell was only 8. Cathy Snow, mother to Jonathan, grieved for her son, but also vowed that neither boy would be forgotten. In 1997, a mere year after her tragic loss, Snow created the Jonathan-Logan Educational Foundation to honor the young lives that were lost in the tragic crash. Nanci and Donavan, parents to Logan, have joined her in advancing the Foundation's efforts with fundraising and fund management.
Snow's goal is to create an endowed scholarship in the boys' memory. The Foundation, which holds fundraisers and collects coins, recently turned over more than $40,000 to the Gulf Coast Community College Foundation in order to create the new scholarship fund. In past years, families of both Jonathan and Logan have given individual scholarships ranging between $500 and $1,000 to students graduating from an area high school. Most of the funds went to students who were going on to attend Gulf Coast, so the money has stayed in the Bay County community. Over a dozen students have received scholarships to date.
The Foundation also reflects Jonathan's real life spirit. Snow had begun saving funds for her son's college education before the crash and had nearly $800 in a dedicated account. Jonathan, described as a boy who would give you the shirt off his back, told his mother that he would fund his own education and she should give the savings to another deserving student.
The newly endowed scholarship will hold and invest the funds raised by the two families. Interest from the funds will be used to award ongoing scholarships. With the gift to Gulf Coast, the Jonathan-Logan Educational Foundation has achieved its goal and will dissolve after fifteen years of work. Snow reports that she feels all the hard work has served to keep the boys' memory alive and has allowed her to work productively through her grief.
This story is a reminder of perseverance of local families who produce a positive result from tragedy. Our community is filled with many community members who exhibit these qualities in the face of heartache time and again. That is why we are proud to serve our region as a Panama City accident law firm and to represent victims of Panama City auto accidents as they struggle to move forward from unexpected tragedy. If you ever find yourself dealing with loss after an accident that could have been prevented, please contact our office to see how we can help.