On April 12, 2015, I heard the words “Heidi died.” My heart broke instantly. She had been my very best friend for almost 20 years. She was even closer than a sister. She was a part of my heart. I was, and still am, devastated, heart broken and lost. She was always there for me, and I for her. We went through a lot together; we’ve lived together, we’ve fought, we’ve made up. She was there when my kids were born, she was in my first wedding. She always made time for me. I’ve taken care of her at her worst, and partied with her at her best. Heidi didn’t know a stranger. She lit up a room. She would give you the shirt off her back. Heidi and I got tattoos together several times, but in January 2015 we got matching tattoos that say “thick” and “thin.” That’s us. I am so grateful we did that. I have a part of her above my heart forever. I thought she would be with me until we were old and grey. But when I sit and reflect on our time together, I loved every second I spent with her but I want more time with her. She was taken from me too soon and I can’t believe that the last time I saw her was the last time. Heidi, I love you. I loved you for almost 20 years and I’ll love you every day of my life
Heidi was one of those people that don’t come along very often: smart, funny, loyal, quirky, lovable. I never met anyone who didn’t love her.
Losing her was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. But I’ve made it my mission to bring something good out of something so awful. Her death could have been avoided. No one should have to go through what Heidi’s family and friends went through.
I am participating in Walk Like MADD to raise mission critical funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) to put an end to the 100 percent preventable crime of drunk driving. Walk Like MADD provides an outlet for those impacted by drunk driving to channel their grief into hope and healing and provides communities the chance to surround and support those hurting by taking action to prevent others from suffering because of drunk driving.
How can I help?
You can do your part by:
• Making a donation now and help me reach my fundraising goal
• Walking alongside me and take steps to stopping this violent crime
• Spreading the word about Walk Like MADD using the hashtag #DrunkDrivingEndsHere.
Who is MADD?
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving, drugged driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local MADD victim advocates and our 24-Hour Victim Helpline 1-877-MADD-HELP. Learn more at madd.org.