Jennifer Glick: Jeremy's Heroes foundation commemorates brother
Jennifer Glick is the sister of Jeremy Glick, who was part of a group of passengers who died helping to thwart the completion of the terrorist attack on September 11 while flying on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed near Pittsburgh. Jennifer Glick is president of Jeremy's Heroes, a not-for-profit foundation established in her brother's honor, to help children build character and confidence through sports. She joined the CNN.com chat room from New York.
CNN: Thank you for joining us today, Jennifer Glick, and welcome.
JENNIFER GLICK: Hello.
CNN: Remind our chat-room audience who your brother was -- and why he's considered a hero following the events of September 11.
GLICK: Jeremy Glick was from New Jersey, and was on United Airlines Flight 93. He was not supposed to be on that flight... he postponed one night, because of a small fire at the Newark Airport. He called his wife from his flight, asked her if there were planes being flown into the World Trade Center towers. She said yes, and he told her that he was going to take a vote of the other passengers to see if they could overthrow the hijackers. He said goodbye to my sister in law, told her to be happy in her life, and that he trusted whatever decisions she made with the baby.
CNN: You've started a foundation in Jeremy's honor. Tell us about it.
GLICK: It's actually a not-for-profit organization, set up to assist child athletes, school age athletes, and then once a child or a team is awarded assistance, we ask that they give back to their community through their sport. Right now we're looking for corporate sponsorships, and looking for children to help.
CNN: Why sports?
GLICK: My brother Jeremy was an incredible athlete. He was the National Collegiate Judo champion in 1993. He was invited to Colorado Springs for the Olympics, but there are 6 children in our family, and there were financial barriers that kept him from going. So that's what led to the organization.
CHAT PARTICIPANT: How do you see athletes and teams giving back to their communities?
GLICK: It can be anything from us helping a soccer team get equipment, and then that soccer team allowing a recreational team in their town to use that equipment. There are qualities in sports, and things that organized sports promote, like sportsmanship, ability to focus, courage, compassion, being a good sport, that all children can then give back to their community. We're asking for a promise that they'll do so, and then an update on how they're doing.
CHAT PARTICIPANT: We all must measure ourselves in the present conflict against your brother's greatest courage. Thanks for sharing your time with us. How are the charities treating you?
GLICK: My family is really not looking for money from the charities, or working with them in that regard. We have been extremely lucky that Jeremy's story was told that night in the media, and people are helping my sister in law and the baby, and that's the reason we set up our organization. To direct the positive that Jeremy did, and continue that forward in today's youth.
CHAT PARTICIPANT: Have you been on a plane after September 11
GLICK: I have. I was on a plane a week after this occurred. My brother Jonah flew here from Tokyo four days after September 11, so our family is still flying. We're definitely still concerned with airline security, though.
CNN: How can someone take benefit from the foundation or take part in it?
GLICK: WE have a web site set up at www.jeremysheroes.com and also have a phone number, 1-866-330-HERO, a toll free number. We are looking for donations, donations of ideas, and you can request more information about the foundation through the web site or through the phone number.
CHAT PARTICIPANT: Don't you think that all passengers on those flights were heroes?
GLICK: Yes, absolutely. Every single one of them. I think Jeremy was fortunate to have the ability to focus calmly, call his wife, express his last words. But I think every one of them were heroes. Without them, there could have been even more tragedy in Washington.
CHAT PARTICIPANT: Jennifer what are your overall feelings towards the Islamic cause and what do you really feel will help to solve this terrible situation?
GLICK: I don't think I'm equipped to advise what our country should be doing. I don't really understand the question of what the Islamic cause is.
CHAT PARTICIPANT: Jennifer, what is your personal thought about those terrorists who are capable of committing such horrific crimes?
GLICK: I really try not to focus on the terrorists and the negative. I think that gives them power. I look for positives in life, and terrorists don't fit into that. I think we all need to work on getting on with our daily lives, being kinder to those around us, and moving on, so we don't give the terrorists that power.
CNN: How are all of you handling the loss of Jeremy, and all of the media attention you've received?
GLICK: My family tends to be extremely active. We're not a complacent bunch. The organization we've formed has kept me extremely busy. I work full time, I have two children, and the organization is a full time job. That's helped me to cope with the loss of my brother.
CHAT PARTICIPANT: Jennifer which way was this flight headed to New York or Washington?
GLICK: The plane was headed towards California, and the flight path was then diverted. It appears that it was headed toward Washington D.C.
CHAT PARTICIPANT: How is your sister in law coping?
GLICK: My sister-in-law was Jeremy's perfect match. She's a very strong woman. She has a 4-month-old daughter, and she's coping by putting all of her energy into her daughter.
CNN: There has been talk of giving your brother and his colleagues medals of honor from the U.S. government. Any further word on if and when that might happen?
GLICK: My family has not been notified of anything, so I don't know.
CNN: Your brother has become an icon as a result of these events. Is there some comfort knowing that?
GLICK: Yes, Jeremy has given hope to America, and as a result, people have been reaching out to our family, and have been very kind. The organization was formed to continue that spirit of hope.
CHAT PARTICIPANT: Do you think of your brother every time they show the disaster on television?
GLICK: I think of my brother all the time. I wake up in the morning, and he's my first thought. I live in New York City, and I look out my window, and see where the World Trade Center used to be.
CHAT PARTICIPANT: Do you think that these actions have made more people re-evaluate their lives ?
GLICK: Yes, I do. I think that we have all realized how precious our life is, and we are living every day to the fullest, as opposed to taking things for granted.
CNN: What do you think Jeremy would have thought of the foundation
GLICK: I think Jeremy would have been thrilled with this organization. He celebrated life, and lived life for the moment, and encouraged those around him to do the same. That's what the organization will do, encourage children to reach for their dream, and not allow financial barriers to stop them.
CNN: Have any professional athletes expressed interest in the cause?
GLICK: The New Jersey Nets had my family there as guests, and another brother, Jarred, tipped off the ball to start the game. They have expressed interest in the organization. We've only been off the ground about two weeks, so we're looking for any professional athletes to get involved, and to give whatever they could offer. Also, my sister is an ice skater, and the ice skating world has also been supportive, and will give proceeds from their ice shows to the organization.
CNN: Do you have any closing comments to share with us?
GLICK: I'd like to thank you for having me on, and would like to encourage everyone to support us. Our logo is an adult holding a child up to reach for the stars. That's what we want, to encourage children to look to the positive, and please, visit our web site.
CNN: Thank you for joining us today.
GLICK: Thank you, and good bye. I hope I can update you in the future about how much we've grown.
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