The founder of The Chris and Kelly's Hope Foundation, Stephen Grant, brings our 281st story.
Christopher Grant was a gifted athlete and was a genuinely warm person; never met a stranger. Kelly Grant was more reclusive and was a gifted drummer and musician. They were just two typical American teenagers; but in the space of 5 years, Stephen Grant lost both his sons to accidental drug overdoses. Thirty days after Kelly died, Stephen was in a three day boot camp for his work with Northwestern Mutual. The last thing on his mind was charity or being charitable, but one of the speakers challenged the group with this question, "What will your legacy be once your gone?" Stephen was inspired and determined to do everything he could to help adolescents who struggle with addiction and mental illness. He put feet to his commitment by reaching out to the Community Foundation of Greenville, who helped him start The Chris and Kelly's Hope Foundation. The Foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in 5 years, as well as raising awareness of mental illness and addiction in children and adolescents; a fitting legacy for two young men loved and missed dearly by their father, Stephen Grant.