"Mike Carey has shown tremendous drive and courage by turning the tragic death of his son Jonathan into positive changes in state law. I also commend Mike for his decision to become a public advocate and to increase public awareness and education about the challenges faced by the mentally disabled and their families," said Bruno.
Instead of the job being over, it is just beginning for Michael and Lisa. They will now run the day-to-day operations of The Jonathan Carey Foundation and with a budget of zero dollars, their first money will come from a 5K run and walkathon fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Elm Avenue Park in Delmar.
"I just feel strongly God is calling us into this, so I believe he will take care of us," Carey said.
The foundation will accept charitable contributions and the mission is far-reaching. Not only will the Careys try to advocate for disabled children, but they will also try to assist orphans and children who are abandoned or abused.
"Our goal is to help as many vulnerable children as possible and to raise awareness of the scope of problems in residential, private and state-run facilities," said Carey.
An informational meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Bethlehem Community Church on Elm Avenue to answer questions the community may have about The Foundation.
Meanwhile, a lawsuit by the Careys against the Anderson School is still in the early litigation stages. An amendment to Jonathan's Law in July allowed the Careys to retroactively receive information from the 2004 state investigation regarding their son's treatment at the school.
"We got our records, and they are very revealing of what happened at the Anderson School and what the state is doing to cover up child abuse," said Carey.