The community is rallying around the family of a Breakfast Point Academy teacher who passed away suddenly. Jason Mann, a happily married father of two, was a teacher of children with autism. He passed away unexpectedly from an illness on December 23rd at the age of 42.
Parents say he was well known for making a huge difference in the lives of autistic children in the community. A parent, Allison Albano, had this to say about Jason: "Your child had a bad day, he was still smiling. He was able to turn lemons into lemonade. And still smile laugh and make you feel like your child was special."
Jason's wife is also a teacher at Breakfast Point Academy. The loss is hitting the school, the district, and the Panama City Beach community very hard. Fellow teachers Lori Fitzgerald and Erin Brack joined NewsChannel 7 "Today" with more on what's being done to help Jason's family.
They are planning a golf ball drop for the Mann family on Wednesday, February 19th at 5pm at the Hombre Golf Course. Each golf ball is $10. They plan to drop up to 1600 numbered balls from a fire truck ladder, if your numbered ball goes in the hole, you could win $1,000. The public can purchase the balls at the Hombre Golf Academy or the Supercuts location off of Back Beach Road.
There is also a Facebook page to support the family where you can find more information about this event, just click on the link provided.