Boy Who Survived Suicide Plunge Says He's "Pulling Through."

NFL Star Helps Brave Boy

Monday, May 2, 2011  |  Updated 6:31 AM EDT
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Brave boy who survived mother's suicide plunge honored at Midtown fundraiser

La'Shaun Armstrong was the guest of honor at Midtown fundraiser Saturday night

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Brave boy who survived mother's suicide plunge honored at Midtown fundraiser

Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis mentors 10-year-old survivor La'Shaun Armstrong,
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The 10-year-old boy who survived his mother's suicide drive into the Hudson River, which drowned her and his three siblings, said that he's "pulling through."

"I'm sad because I'm going through a tough time right now," said La'Shaun Armstrong Saturday night, according to the  Daily News.  "I'm pulling through."

The little boy was a guest at a Manhattan fundraiser by the United Athletes Foundation.

Baltimore Ravens All Pro linebacker Ray Lewis is helping La'Shaun and had reached out to the brave boy soon after the April 12 tragedy.  He had escaped being drowned by climbing through a van window.  His mother reportedly had been distraught over an argument with her boyfriend.

The foundation's president, former cornerback Reggie Howard, and Lewis each pledged $10,000 to a relief fund for La'Shaun.

"I feel sad sometimes," La'Shaun told the paper. "[But] I feel happy because I have my family and Reggie Howard and Ray Lewis to help me with stuff."

La'Shaun told the Daily News that meeting the 35-year-old linebacker was "awesome.''  Lewis had taken the boy bowling.

Lewis says the boy needs mentoring from a father figure. His biological father, Todd Johnson, is in prison on a robbery conviction.

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