Mark formed Project Storm Drain Safety in 2015 to raise awareness of the dangers of open storm drains, and to educate the community about what needs to happen to get them covered.
A Project Storm Drain Safety Awareness and Fundraising Tour Kickoff is planned for Saturday, February 25 from 6:30-11 pm at 5680 Kacena Drive in Marion.
A short presentation will be followed by a night of music.
Master of Ceremonies will be Jenee Ryan of CBS2 and Fox news. A $10 donation includes a free copy of MB~Bluz' latest CD, "Heavy Rain."
Mark, who doubles as Project Storm Drain's spokesperson, plans to travel the country to raise awareness about the dangers of open storm drains, so that no one else has to go through the pain of losing a loved one.
“When the reality set in that I had lost a huge part of me, of my life, I wanted to turn my back on the world and give up. But I knew that’s not what Logan would have wanted. I can imagine that he would give me that look he used to give me when he didn’t agree with something I said or did, and tell me, ‘Don’t do this dad. I lived a good life. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, do something to honor my life.’ And so I did. We got the storm drains in Cedar Rapids covered up and now we’re going to talk to other communities and let them know what happened so it doesn’t have to happen again, to some other family.”
Though Mark’s grief overwhelmed him after Logan died, once he picked up his guitar and turned back to the blues, he felt better. “That’s when I knew I could use my music to spread the word.”
The first year after Logan’s accident was spent working with the city to get the ball rolling on covering the drains. The next year, Mark formed the non-profit Project Storm Drain Safety, and wrote songs and music that was inspired by Logan; “Heavy Rain,” and “Live Like Logan.”
“After Logan died and I decided that I wasn’t going to let my grief consume me, the thought that kept going through my mind was, this kid may only have spent 17 years in this world, but his influence was astounding. I had people coming up to me and telling me how Logan had touched their lives. I was proud and humble at the same time. I knew he was a special kid, but to have others tell you that, well, it was one of the proudest moments a parent can have. Logan’s message to the world inspired me to write, ‘Live Like Logan.’”
Mark began Project Storm Drain Safety to raise awareness about the danger of storm drains, and is selling his CD, “Heavy Rain,” to make sure that every single community in the country knows how one small change in the landscape can mean the difference between life and death.
“If that drain had been covered, Logan would be here today. I know I can’t dwell on that, but at least I can do something to change it.”
Booking for “Awareness and Fundraising Tour” for Project Storm Drain Safety has begun. A series of presentations and news interviews, are being booked for Project Storm Drain Safety as well as blues gigs in clubs for MB~Bluz to support the effort.
For more information, visit the Project Storm Drain Safety website at projectstormdrain.org.