Loss becomes generosity

In generosity

mcarthyAfter losing his 14-year-old daughter, Mariah, when a drunken driver hit her as she walked with friends on a sidewalk in Butte, Montana, Leo McCarthy started a scholarship to keep teens away from alcohol.  As part of her eulogy, he made his offer: “If you stick with me for four years, don’t use alcohol, don’t use illicit drugs, but give back to your community, work with your parents and talk to your parents, I’ll be there with a bunch of other people to give you money.” CNN reports that McCarthy has lived up to his end of the bargain. Along with the fathers of Mariah’s two friends who survived the accident, McCarthy has given $1,000 scholarships to more than 140 high-school graduates who have taken Mariah’s Challenge.