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NORTH TONAWANDA - When she learned of the loss of her son, Jordan, in May 2011, Paula Benedyczak of North Tonawanda, knew in her heart she had to do something in order to keep her son’s memory alive.

At just 16 years old, Jordan lost his life to an accidental death near his North Tonawanda home. Jordan would have been expected to graduated from North Tonawanda High School in May of last year.

Although she struggles with such a traumatic loss, as any mother would, Paula continues to push herself each day. She hopes the residents, students, and friends who knew Jordan will continue to cherish the memories he leaves behind.

With the help of her daughter, Amanda, the two paired together to create an idea they both knew would keep the memory of Jordan’s smile alive. Since 2011 the Benedyczak’s have put together two fundraising events that have helped raise scholarship funds in honor of Jordan.

“Jordan was funny and outgoing. He was a button pusher,” joked Amanda. “He always had a smile on his face, with those chubby cheeks of his.”

They have also created Jordan’s Journey, a non-profit 501-C3. The organization is based on raising funds to help better the community in various ways, including student scholarships, purchasing sporting equipment for local venues, or donating items of need to other charitable organizations.

“It may be different every year. We may just keep changing what we do, it depends. I do not want Jordan to be forgotten and I want to keep helping the community,” said Paula.

This year, a benefit for Jordan’s Journey will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. March 22, at Gratwick Fire Hose Company, 110 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, 14120.

This year’s scholarship funds will allot for two North Tonawanda High School students to each be awarded a memorial scholarship in honor of Jordan. Funds will also be put toward the purchase of new batting cages for the North Tonawanda National Little League. Jordan was an avid baseball player.

Tickets for the event can be purchased pre-sale for $15, which includes a free sheet of tickets, beer, and pop. Tickets cost $15 at the door on the day of the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Paula at 531-5379.
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