SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) \u2014 Jonah Handler\u2019s miraculous rescue from one of the deadliest building collapses in U.S. history might seem to have an obvious parallel, given his name. The teenage boy fell from the 10th floor of the beachfront condo tower that collapsed a year ago in Surfside, Florida, killing 98 people, including his mother. He landed in a crevice, trapped inside a pocket amid fallen concrete. A man who had been walking his dog saw Jonah\u2019s hand waving from the rubble and got help. For his father and others, the rescue brings to mind the Old Testament tale of the prophet Jonah, swallowed by a whale sent by God to save him from drowning. \u201cPlucked from the jaws of death,\u201d Neil Handler said in an interview with The Associated Press. \u201cI truly believe that God puts people in situations that help us build character.\u201d Now, Handler is sharing his son's journey to physical and mental recovery as they start a foundation to help families and first responders dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, like Jonah. Handler said he decided to start the charity in memory of Jonah\u2019s mother, Stacie Fang, after seeing the pain in the eyes of the people who pulled his son from the rubble. Images of a first responder carrying Jonah on his shoulders offered hope to rescuers and the world as the search and rescue mission extended for 14 days. He was one of only three survivors. Fang died after being taken to a hospital, becoming the first victim identified by authorities. The family immediately requested privacy and Handler declined interviews until recently. Jonah's father had kept the aftermath of the collapse private to protect his son, who is now 16. The boy spent five days in the hospital, suffering from compression fractures in his back, and was in a brace for two months. He started therapy to cope with his loss and trauma. When thunderstorms roll in, Handler said, he gets frightened. \u201cEvery doctor, every psychiatrist I spoke to said that he\u2019s no different than a combat veteran who just came back from war,\u201d Handler said. He said Jonah, a high school baseball player, went back to class and was treated like a \u201cregular kid\u201d to return to a sense of normalcy. Often, the father tries to keep things light. On a recent day, they were going through a list of unclaimed items recovered from the debris. Handler was looking for jewelry he knew was important to Fang, such as a ring passed down from her father. Jonah, on the other hand, was looking at the signed baseballs. \u201cHe said, \u2018I didn\u2019t know so many kids in my building liked baseball,\u2019\u201d Handler said. \u201cHe goes, \u2018Do you think we can get them?\u2019\u201d The day before the collapse, Jonah and his mother had returned home from seeing her brother, who was visiting Palm Beach County from New York. Handler and Fang had separated but had a good co-parenting relationship, and he suggested letting Jonah spend the night at his place nearby so she could go see her boyfriend. Handler said Fang told him they would just stay put because they were tired. \u201cI think about that a lot,\u201d Handler said. The call came at 2 a.m., as he slept. It was Jonah, asking where he was and whether he had heard the collapse. Handler, who lives two buildings north, rushed over on foot but was unprepared for the scene of destruction. \u201cIt was surreal. Dust in the air, a pile of just debris, a building sheared in half, and I have no idea where his mom is,\u201d he said. The building had pancaked, floor atop floor, to form a 40-foot-high (12-meter-high) heap of rubble. The passer-by who had heard Jonah\u2019s voice climbed through a pile of glass and rebar in his flip-flops and saw the boy's hand waving before he left to get help. The cause of the collapse remains under investigation by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in a process that could take years. But the building had a long history of maintenance problems and questions have been raised about the quality of its original construction. A Florida judge approved a deal Thursday to set up a settlement fund of more than $1 billion to compensate victims in the collapse, for which Handler praised attorneys because he said it helps relatives avoid years of court battles. Finding a new normal for Jonah and his father has come with its challenges, but Handler said the boy was on board with starting the charity in honor of his mother. The foundation called Phoenix Life Project will have its inaugural gala the day after the anniversary of the collapse and will include families of victims and first responders who dug through the rubble. \u201cThese guys saved my kid\u2019s life. I am forever indebted to them,\u201d Handler said. The father said that sometimes he feels powerless and finds it hard to discern what is typical behavior for a 16-year-old boy and how much is affected by what he suffered. \u201cNot only did he survive a collapsed building falling around him, he lost his mom, and he\u2019s got the survivor\u2019s guilt. So it\u2019s a whole mess of stuff that he\u2019s dealing with," he said. Handler said he doesn\u2019t believe his son surviving the devastation was an accident. \u201cI don\u2019t think it was luck. I really believe he\u2019s a miracle. I believe he was chosen for something,\u201d he said.