It is not often that a local business comes to the aid of a grieving family, but that is exactly what community law firm, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene did this week.
Radio station 97.9 WRMF’s Kevin, Virginia & Jason morning show featured non-profit organization Little Smiles which is a volunteer-driven organization with a mission of helping kids in hospitals, shelters, hospices, and other facilities have experiences to help them escape their circumstances – if even for a short time. Representatives from the organization were sharing the story of Jeff Mortimer, who three years ago, at the age of 16, was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He endured years of radiation and chemotherapy but succumbed to the disease and lost his brave battle last week.
Jeff, who had recently signed a record deal with Sony, went by the rap moniker “Young Jay” and performed with his group “LDL 365” – Living the Life 365 Days a Year – wrote inspirational lyrics to encourage others who are also facing struggles in life. Even as he confronted terminal illness head on, he served as an inspiration to those around him and imparted words of wisdom cautioning others that “…life is too short; you can’t stay sad all day.” By all accounts, Jeff Mortimer touched countless lives in his short life and served as an extraordinary example of positivity.
As the morning radio program continued, it was revealed that in addition to facing the grief that comes with losing a child, Jeff’s parents found themselves unable to afford the funeral expenses. The radio show was hosting an on-air fundraiser on the family’s behalf and was appealing to the public for donations.
Across town, firm partner, Sean Greene, was listening to the broadcast during his morning workout. He was so moved by Jeff’s story and the circumstances the family was facing, he called the show to pledge the firm’s coverage of any outstanding amount not raised by the appeal for funds. Later that day, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene made good on their promise; donating the balance of what the family needed to make their arrangements. Jeff’s family is now able to grieve the loss of their little angel without worrying about the financial aspects of his burial.
Giving of their time and treasure is nothing new to Steinger, Iscoe & Greene. Through the Steinger Kids Foundation, their involvement and support of community organizations and events is second to none. From back-to-school events to family fun festivals, the firm family is there, lending their support and setting a high bar for community advocacy. The firm’s founding partner, Michael Steinger says “…we are here protecting the rights of those who are injured and also giving back to those who suffer in other ways for which they have no one there…”
As personal injury attorneys, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene work on behalf of clients and their families to recover compensation to help put the pieces of their lives back together post-accident. Whether the attorneys win a verdict for a family that helps them meet the financial obligations associated with their accident or assist an organization in meeting their mission of helping people recover from various life situations, it is their intent to leave lives better off than they were before having interacted with the firm family.
Meeting the monetary goal for Jeff’s parents was achieved as a result of donations from a multitude of people who heard the cry for help and were moved to participate in some way. It was people joining hands and pledging their help in a situation that, for Jeff’s parents, must have seemed beyond gargantuan in scope. But, this is what it means to be part of the community – not just in the community – and is testament to what we can achieve when we band together. Founding partner, Michael Steinger, says “…we as individuals can make a difference.” Steinger, Iscoe & Greene aims to make that difference every day in every way possible. The firm is privileged to be a part of this community and honored to be able to help when it matters the most.