CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — In the wake of their son’s untimely death last year, Marco Shemwell’s parents have made it their mission to give back to the community in Marco’s name.
On September 15, 2018, the four-year-old was crossing the street with his family, when police said Jacob Heil, 18, swerved and struck the child. Marco died two days later.
Liz and Ben Shemwell have since established The Marco Shemwell Foundation, which partners with other organizations and individuals to create positive change.
The hashtag, #MarcoMoments, has been used widely across social media along with depictions of good deeds done to help others.
The foundation has now partnered with Upward Sports, a non-profit Christian sports league, to set up a shoe drive for underprivileged children.
“It’s showing that love to the community,” said Ben Shemwell. “Also, it’s just another form of outreach.”
According to the Upward Sports chapter in Winchester, 40 percent of kids in the league receive some type of scholarship due to financial needs.