The family says the foundation was the right thing to do to honor Lance. (Photo source: WLOX News)
The foundation will award a scholarship to a student pursuing music. (Photo source: WLOX News)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
An epilepsy awareness walk was held in Lance Carter's name, but the walk was only a portion of what is being done to give back in Carter's memory.
Just more than a year ago, Lance Carter was living a vibrant and caring life. His family says he was a friend to everyone and always showed love to whoever he met.
"Lance is the type of person that if you had a dream, he would help you fulfill that dream," said Lance's mother, Barbara Scott.
Scott and her daughter, Kimberly Turner, say Lance was a strong presence throughout his life.
"So when he left, when he passed away, it was confusion because we didn't know how to go on without him," said Turner.
Lance suffered from violent seizures. His family says he would even end up with broken bones on occasion. And then, in September of 2014, Lance passed away.
"He really put a big, big light into the Gulf Coast himself," said Lance's friend, Darrell Hampton. The impact he had on the people and community around him was something that his family didn't want to lose. "We decided not to let his death be in vain," said Scott.
Lance's brother, Terence Scott, says the cause of Lance's seizures was never officially determined, but it was most likely epilepsy. Terence and his family knew what they wanted to do.
"The kind of person that he was, it's only right that a foundation be started in his name," said Terence.
Following his death, the Lance Michael Carter Foundation was born. The foundation will hold annual walks at Harrison Central High School to raise awareness.
Those who came for Saturday's inaugural walk say it's important to help find a cure.
"You never know when you could have somebody affected by it," said church friend, Waynetta Lewis.
Lance's family and friends also know how important music was to him. The foundation will offer a $500 scholarship each year to a senior looking to pursue music. Which, his family hopes, will help his impact live on for years to come.
Lance's family will present the first scholarship in his name at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.