I have been given an amazing, unexpected opportunity to speak to the Department of Transportation regarding the vital importance of rear-view cameras. I struggled with whether or not I should spend the money to travel and attend this meeting when we are in the middle of fundraising for our adoptions. I just didn't know how to use money when we are still working so hard the save and raise the money we will need to bring our 2 home (hopefully very soon)--the sum of which seems a never-ending hurdle at times. However, God has sent some wonderful people into my life and they have committed to help me raise the money I will need to travel in just a little over a week now. I can't thank you all enough, especially the sweet girl who shares a name with my longed-for daughter. I have faith that we will meet our goals, and I have committed to go and speak.
I am honored to go and speak on behalf of all children. I am honored to get an opportunity to share Abigail's story and to plead for our children's safety. I am overwhelmed with the emotion of having to re-live that day. I am overwhelmed with the responsibility and the importance of what I have to do. The weight of it all is heavy on me today. I can't do anything but go and speak for her, and at the same time, speak for all our children. Pray that I have the strength and the words I need to say.
Some facts for you:
In the U.S. at least fifty children are being backed over by vehicles EVERY week. Forty-eight (48) are treated in hospital emergency rooms and at least two (2) children are fatality injured every WEEK.
• The predominant age of victims is one year olds. (12‐23 months)
• Over 60% of backing up incidents involved a larger size vehicle. (truck, van, SUV)
• Tragically, in over 70% of these incidents, a parent or close relative is behind the wheel.
Please visit Kids and Cars to read more. They have stats, information, and vital safety information. They also have stories of children lost to this kind of tragedy. Abigail's story will be there as soon as I get a chance to right it. Read their stories. Remember them. Hug your kids a little tighter and warn children about driveways. Don't live a life of fear, but live a life aware that life is short and life is fragile.