Friday, February 27, 2009

There Are No Easy Deaths

Dear Friends in Safety,

I have attended three funerals in the past two weeks. The death of loved ones always reminds me that no matter what the circumstances, death is never easy.

This reality comes home to me each day when I receive “Google Alerts” with headlines that read:

Bus driver: I followed orders in dropping child off in parking lot
Phoenix child dies after being run over by truck in driveway (Check out
School crossing guard dies after SUV hits him
Teen skateboarder dies after being run over by car

You get the picture.

A special part of the mission of KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25 is to support families whose loved ones have died as a result of traffic incidents. We directly support action to promote greater traffic safety on the local, state, and national levels in memory of these family members:

Justin Faust, Age 9, Lees Summit, Missouri
Ashley Steffan, Age 17, Waukesha, Wisconsin
Shannon Lloyd, Age 7, Omaha, Nebraska
Anna Diffenderfer, Age 2, Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
Kyle Foster, Age 10, Mesquite, Texas
Nicolas Riconosciuto, Age 5, Ormond Beach, Florida
Tyler Tscheschlog, Age 14, Forest Hill, Maryland
Cady Ann Reynolds, Age 17, Omaha, Nebraska
Tia Townsend, Age 11, Shoreline, Washington
Jacqueline G. Becker, Age 17, Cape May County, New Jersey
Christina M. Becker, 19, Cape May County, New Jersey
Anthony Henry, Age 14, Yardville, New Jersey
Shaye Martin, Age 8, Doral, Florida
Sierra Feaster, Age 10, Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey
Natalie DeLeon, Age 21, Springfield, Massachusetts
Landon Bos, Age 7, Norfolk, Nebraska
Matt Schmill, Age 23, Omaha, Nebraska
Ashley Smith, Age 17, Scotrun, Pennsylvania
Ian Taggart, Age 19, La Veta, Colorado
Graeme Preston Age12, Freehold NJ
Kevin Clawson, Age 13, Freehold, NJ
Aaron David Sumner Brock, Age 7, Haughton, Louisiana
Nick Peters, Age 15, Wahoo, Nebraska
Kyle Clark, Age 16, Wahoo, Nebraska
Kimberly Hoover, Age 18, Barberton, Ohio
James Davis, Age 29, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Melissa Tindell, Age 13, Panama City, Florida
Nikki Simonson, Age 5, Phoenix, Arizona

If you know of a family who could benefit from our support, please e-mail us at

More Opportunities to be Supportive:

Join Gretna, Nebraska, Norfolk, Nebraska, Broomall, Pennsylvania, and Hagerstown, Maryland in observing the 3rd annual Keep Kids Alive Drive 25® Day on May 1st. Download information at KKAD25 Day. Corporate Sponsors welcome – e-mail
Make your next run or bike ride a “Run to Remember. Find out how by visiting KKAD25 "Run to Remember".

March 29th - "RUN FASTER! DRIVE SLOWER" KKA5k in Colts Neck, NJ - Click Here. This is an amazing opportunity developed by 5 high school seniors at Colts Neck High School.

Join the KKAD25 Facebook Cause Page. We already have well over 1000 members and have received $200.00 in donations. Thanks for supporting our mission.

Keep Kids Alive Visit to Your Town – Contact us directly about an on-site visit to support planning and mobilization for Keep Kids Alive Drive 25® and our related initiatives. Collaboration between communities is encouraged. To learn more, e-mail

“Don’t Let the 2 Minutes You ‘Save’
Be the Last 2 Minutes of Someone’s Life.”
Adapted from David Townsend (Tia’s father)

In safety,
Tom Everson
Executive DirectorKEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® - A “For Action” Organization -501(c) (3)

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