Baltimore Ravens Pro-Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis and former NFL cornerback Reggie Howard are spearheading an effort to provide humanitarian and emotional assistance to the 10-year-old New York boy who was the lone survivor after his mother drove a van carrying him, his brothers and his sister, into the Hudson River on April 12.

On April 30, Lewis and Howard each donated $10,000 to a relief fund at a Manhattan fund-raiser that will provide La’Shaun Armstrong with counseling and tutoring sponsored by the United Athletes Foundation.

“This is a hard situation and he is forever changed,” Lewis told The New York Post. “We are not going to let him do it alone. We are going to be here for him forever.”

Armstrong’s mother, Lashanda, drowned, along with three of her other children. Authorities believe the woman drove the vehicle into the river following an argument with her boyfriend.  La’Shaun Armstrong survived by climbing out of a window and was rescued by a passing driver.

Lewis told reporters that he reached out to the boy as soon as heard about the tragedy. He says Armstrong needed a strong male influence in his life because his biological father, Todd Johnson, is in prison.

Armstrong’s family agreed that the 10-year-old needs help. Armstrong’s uncle, Tymare Armstrong, said the youngster often has trouble sleeping.

“Day by day he starts realizing what happened,” Tymare Armstrong told The New York Daily News. “There are some nights he stays up with the light on.”

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