GATES MILLS, Ohio -- A year ago, a tragic car accident claimed the lives of two Hawken School students just weeks before they were set to graduate. The 18-year-olds were passengers in a car.
Alex Doody and Josh Weil were gifted in music, sports and academics and wildly loved by their peers for being fun-loving and humble.
The boys' fathers, Rick Doody and Michael Weil, are still aching with grief.
"Losing our boys was without question the horrific thing that would happen, happened. and yet there's a part of you that just survives, you know, you just get through, because you have to, " said Rick Doody.
Michael and Rick's friendship dates back decades; they both watched their young sons and their friendship develop ever since they were born. Now, they share this horrific bond.
"We talk every single day now. We say we are each other's counselors; no one understands what I've gone through other than Michael," Rick said.
Josh's father remembers him as a beautiful son, friend and brother who was very special.
Alex's father says Alex was all he ever wanted in a son. "He was popular, well-loved, good at athletics, at peace, humble; he was kind."
As part of their healing process and next phase of their journey, Rick and Michael have created a foundation called Catch Meaning. Alex's phrase "catch me if you can" and Josh's interest in "man searching for meaning," led to the Catch Meaning phrase and that led them to make meaning out of every moment.
"We think our boys have had tremendous meaning. They lived full lives, the captains of their teams, did well academically, got into great colleges. They had their whole lives ahead of them, to have meaningful lives that was so abruptly taken from them, and us-- more than anything, the other people impacted by this to live meaningful lives."
Catch Meaning will support causes that honor the boys and will help provide grants to other young adults like Alex and Josh.
The Catch Meaning Foundation will hold its first event next Saturday, May 28, at Jacobs Pavilion from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. It's called the Catch Meaning Fest and will celebrate great music, food and fun. Tickets are $25 for the all-day celebration and fundraiser.