BENEFITING: Mothers Against Drunk Driving
EVENT DATE: Sep 10, 2016
I am ready to RISE UP & RUN 5k/ WALK LIKE MADD on September 10th!!!!!!!
What am I doing? I am walking for my family and yours... I am walking in memory of my family: my mother, Maria, my sister, Jennifer, and Eric my sister's boyfriend. Every year in Georgia, there is a walk/run team called Hagain’s Hearts that is dedicated to Maria, Jennifer and Eric as well as to anyone who has lost a loved one to the crime of drinking and driving. I am walking with my friends and their children who deserve to grow up and live way past 24 years of age. My only sibling and sister never got to live to see 25 years on the planet. I am walking to support Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in saving lives on our nations streets and highways.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal by making a donation now. Or please join my team and walk with me!
Why am I doing it? Working for MADD Georgia Victim Services for the past 14 years, I have met many families that have gone through the ultimate pain of losing a loved one. I have met many survivors who suffer from injuries that will never heal. And I have learned of many souls who no longer reside here whom were taken too violently and too soon.
Finding a cure... and the Hagain's Hearts Story: Unlike most others, our cause doesn't need a cure; it already exists-it's you and me, our friends, our neighbors. It's all of us choosing to drive sober or designating a driver if we drink alcohol.
Why I do what I do...THE HAGAIN's HEARTS STORY: 20 years ago....on the evening of March 1, 1996, just around 8:50pm on a Friday evening, my family was changed forever. My mother, María Hagain (age 58) along with my sister and only sibling, Jennífer Hagain (age 24), and my sister's boyfriend, Eric Geiger (age 22) who lived with our family, were traveling on vacation to go see my dad who was working in Wilmington, NC.
It was a nine hour drive with the 55 mph limit back in 1996 when they left our home in Gwinnett County, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta). They were on their last hour of that drive when the unthinkable happened. As they were on the last mile of the then two lane section of 74/76 (now it is a divided highway) between Chadborn and Whiteville, North Carolina in Columbus County they were hit head on by an underage drunk driver shortly before 9pm.
A 20 year old Marine with a BAC of 0.19 (who had been 20 years old for only 10 days) and his passenger (also a Marine, bought the alcohol and had a BAC of 0.013), crossed the center line. A third family was caught in the ricochet effect and hit the back of my family’s car and were injured. That family consisted of a mom, a dad (early 40s) and their daughter who turned five years old two days before the crash. Another family that swerved to miss the initial impact and witnessed the crash, put the fire out on one of the burning cars with their soft drink bottles, then left the scene. They came forward days later after the crash to the media after the investigation had already shown the Marine caused the crash.
So many people were affected by this one single crash. Four young adults under the age of 25 were killed in an instant.
Now that you know why I do what I do... so please come walk with me in memory of my family and all families affected by the crime of drunk and drugged driving.