Here is the story of how Jordan Steffy got the idea for his charity foundation, which is called Children Deserve a Chance. This is from my conversation with his mother, Shari Steffy-Long:
“When he was a senior in high school, he was getting ready for a basketball game when he scored 1,000 points. Right before, a sign hanging up about a boy in a special needs class who had epilepsy and who had to have brain surgery and his mom needed financial help because she couldn’t afford to leave her job and insurance didn’t cover everything. He said to me, ‘I am going to do something at the game.’
“They made an announcement at the game about how they were taking up a collection for him. So during halftime, he had guys go around and collect money for him. He gave the money to him and James had the surgery. He is doing much better. It was just incredible because Jordan ran into him afterward and he came over to thank him. Jordan said, ‘Mom, if we could do that for one boy, imagine what we could do if we actually had an organized foundation.’ We’re still dealing lawyers with government, there is so much involved in it, and to keep up with it.
“He still meets with the attorneys before he went back to school to make sure everything is on track for the center that is being opened. That is how it initially got started.
“Jordan spoke with the architect yesterday and has the blueprints [for the developmental center]. We have so many people willing to help. They will put in the bathroom and floors at no cost. We are truly blessed.”
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