A mission to bring happiness out of tragedy: #Honor58 comes to Colorado Springs

#HONOR58 team driving across country to honor Las Vegas concert shooting victims, FOX21 News, Sarah Ferguson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  From Long Island, New York, to Colorado Springs, a father has made it his mission to bring happiness out of tragedy.

Tommy Maher is driving across the country to honor the 58 victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

He left New York Tuesday with his daughter and her friend. He and his co-pilots are driving to every state where the victims lived.

They’re passing out t-shirts and bracelets with the victims’ names, while also doing random acts of kindness.

To help others follow their journey, they’ve created a Facebook page and Instagram account called #Honor58.

As a firefighter, Maher is used to serving others.

“Wake up in the morning and say to yourself, ‘What can I do to make a difference?’ Should be the first thought when you pop out of bed. That’s what I do every day,” Maher said.

For Amy Charbauski, a survivor of the concert shooting, his actions mean much more.

“To become selfless and appreciate your life, you never really do, until you go through something like that, you really don’t know how precious your life is,” Charbauski said.

On Sunday, the #Honor58 team made a stop in Colorado Springs to honor shooting victim Christopher Roybal, a local veteran and gym manager.

Maher’s daughter and her friend agree their journey is all about paying it forward. Maher said the girls have been a huge help during the journey, but are flying home to get back to school. He’ll continue the trek, and hopes others can pay it forward too.

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