Jamie’s Joy

Grant Awarded to SBAOA- $2000

About Jamie’s Joy (see website)

Jamie's Joy

Jamie Morgan Mychael Bratton-McNeeley was born May 24, 1996. One month shy of his sixth birthday, April 24, 2002, Jamie was killed in a car crash.

In 2003 a committee of family and friends formed to continue Jamie’s legacy. The group decided to create a memorial fund through the San Diego Foundation. We transferred the balance of the donations that were made in Jamie’s name when the tragedy first struck. We continue to receive donations over time.  Some have made this part of their regular giving and tithe. This is the published bio in the San Diego Foundations Annual Report for Jamie’s Joy Memorial Fund.

Elene and Mychael established the Jamie’s Joy Fund in memory of their 5-year-old son, Jamie , who was killed in a tragic auto accident.  Instantly they knew that instead of flowers, family and friends could make contributions to a memorial fund that would honor Jamie through its giving. Thus the Jamie’s Joy Fund was created in loving memory of a boy whose life and good works were cut short on the physical plane, but whose spirit continues to inspire and give.  The fund seeks to enrich the lives of all living beings by supporting activities and organizations that promote joy, love, connection and peace- attributes expressing the best of Jamie.

Jamie was very young, but a very enlightened child who touched all who knew him. He was and is the type of person who could change the world, to make it a better place. Perhaps Thoreau described the mission best when he said, “On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us that task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world.”

It is the intention of the committee to give an annual donation at the time of Jamie’s Birthday in May to a non-profit organization through the San Diego Foundation in Jamie’s name.  You can be part of his ongoing living legacy.