Daniel is my "why". The morning of Oct. 24th replays in my mind from time to time and still hits me like a ton of bricks. It isn't unusual for Aubrey to call me at 8 o'clock on a Saturday morning, so I went into my living room, sat down on the couch and answered. There's no way to prepare yourself for the words I heard. I couldn't even believe them--there was no possible way he was really gone. We hung up and I stared at the phone, waiting for her to call me back and tell me somehow it wasn't true. I wanted to find myself waking up and realizing it was just a dream.
I thought of Daniel like a little brother. He was a pain in the butt sometimes, but he made up for it by being hilarious, kind-hearted, caring, and an inspiration to all who knew him. The things I miss the most about him are random texts (99% of the time providing a giggle) and his big strong hugs.
As much as it hurt me to lose someone I cared for, what has had the biggest impact on me is the heartbreak of seeing my very best friend and her parents experience this loss. They amaze me how strong they are, and how they live each day to honor Daniel. The Tulsa Heart Walk is one way they can keep his memory alive and also help others who are affected by heart disease.
Life is Why! Join me in supporting the American Heart Association!
I’m not just walking. I’m Heartwalking. My participation in Heart Walk promotes fun ways to be physically active and make healthier choices every day. Imagine the impact if we reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by 2020. Please help me reach this lifesaving goal by donating today. Together, we can make healthier, longer lives possible for everyone.
Thank you in advance for your support!