After the shock wore off and life began to return to its routine, people who lost loved ones in the crash of Flight 3407 began to think about how to preserve their legacies.
The families of those lost are a reflection of just how remarkable the men and women killed that night were. Together, they've not only made the skies safer, but they've helped Buffalo and beyond through their charity work.
Elly Kausner continues to inspire young girls to "Live Elly." Her sister, Laura Voigt, started Elly’s Angels after the 24-year-old was killed. Since 2009, Elly's Angels has partnered with Rosewell Comprehensive Cancer Center's Carly’s Club, the Food Bank of WNY, Special Olympics, Erie County SPCA, and Adoption S.T.A.R. just to name a few.
In 2010, the non-profit even won the USASF Chairman’s Cup for making a difference in the community. But, most importantly, Voigt is teaching young girls to be selfless, like Elly.
Being thankful and spreading love and hope to children during the toughest of times was a passion of John Fiore, too.
Ron Aughtmon is John’s nephew. He took on the mission to keep the Air Force veteran, husband and father’s legacy alive, creating the John J. Fiore Memorial Golf Tournament. In its first nine years, the tournament raised almost $200,000 for the Ronald McDonald House. The charity gives families a place to stay while their children are in the hospital.