Carroll Co Father Creates Scholarship to Keep Daughter's Dream Alive
Updated: Wednesday, April 2 2014, 05:25 PM EDT
A Carroll County father whose daughter was killed in a multi-car accident last October has created a foundation in her name to keep her dreams alive.
Tori Chandler was killed just a few weeks before her 21st birthday. Her family says she was headed to school on a rainy day when someone else lost control on the other side of the road. Tori was hit from a few different angles and suffered injuries so severe that she spent five weeks in Shock Trauma before passing away.
"Those five weeks just really gave us all the entire family the opportunity to make sure she knew how much we loved her," Tori's father Russ Chandler said. "To be there, to hold her, to hug her."
The 20-year-old college student was a Human Services major at Stevenson University and was hoping to find a career where she could help others. Her father has now created the Tori Chandler Foundation, a scholarship fund in her name.
"We're going to create an army of Tori's," Russ said. "We're going to put as many kids through school as we can that are out there to help the people she couldn't and do the work she never got to finish."
The first fundraising event will be a father daughter dance, on April 5.
"I just thought it's the perfect theme as far as the relationship with Tori and I," Russ said. "Just a lot of fun...and something dads take for granted as I learned. The time and opportunity you spend with your children --- you've got to seize it."