On October 13, 2017, Jessica O'Connor's car was struck by an impaired driver going the wrong way on I-90. Traveling with her two children, she passed away the next day from her injuries while both children survived. 20-month-old Isabela sustained multiple injuries that have required multiple surgeries. 4-year-old Matthew escaped relatively unscathed, with bruising of his abdominal area and head. A member of the Angola Fire Department and a former Rural Metro EMT, Jessica was often the first person people would call if they had a problem. The children now live in Derby with their father. The cost of medical bills and reduced income has seriously affected the Skinners. We want to help! Please consider a shirt purchase or donation to the family's online fundraiser.
Dave Cervi was born and raised in Buffalo. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University at Buffalo. He currently works as an illustrator and social media manager for Delta Sonic. If you would like to contact Dave directly for work, find him on Twitter @davidjcervi or email davidjcervi [at] gmail [dot] com.
Established in 2012, the mission of the Jim Harszlak Foundation is threefold:
- To help local children and families who have a need due to financial difficulties, illnesses, or death;
- To provide scholarships for local children to further their secondary education;
- Work with local organizations and groups to help the children/families of our community.