Thanks to a lamentation mom in Texas and a singular sticker, a Kindersley, Sask. mom has found a approach to safeguard her late son still lives on.
“In his 17 years of life, he lived some-more than many adults,” pronounced Connie Volk of her late son, Riley.
One day after his seventeenth birthday, Riley Volk was pushing home, west to Kindersley, on Oct. 20, 2013. He attempted to pass a automobile in front of him on a widen of Highway 7 circuitously McGee, Sask.
As he pulled out into a approaching trade lane, he saw he had no time to get out of a approach of a approaching vehicle, Connie said. He died from a head-on collision he had with that vehicle. His crony who was roving with him, Jared Thornton, was left a quadriplegic.
A indication citizen, remembered
After Riley died, Connie began to learn how clever of an impact her son had on Kindersley. She found herself assembly business owners, Riley’s classmates and classmates’ relatives in Kindersley, all of whom had a story to share about how Riley had overwhelmed their lives.
Connie was conference some of these stories for a initial time.
“I perceived so many visitors [after Riley’s funeral], and so many people came with support for me and my family. we heard so many stories about Riley that we didn’t even know,” Connie said.
By approach of a upraise label given to her, Connie met a relatives of a lady in Grade Eight who was being bullied. Riley helped her overcome that situation.
Connie was overwhelmed by her immature son being clever a purpose model. He was boss of his school, captain of a propagandize football group and a youth councilman.
His mom motionless to honour him and keep his memory alive.
Stickers and Riley’s transport bug
If it wasn’t for their identical losses, Connie Volk and Donna Wilson competence never have met.
Donna Wilson lives in Texas. Her 21-year-old son, Trevor, died after a motorcycle collision. She too was devastated.
It was by a Facebook page of a support network Compassionate Friends that a dual moms connected. Connie had done adult some commemorative stickers for her late son, to honour his adore of traveling. Donna had done a commemorative bracelet for Trevor.
The dual moms exchanged any item.
From there, things took off. After joining with other relatives on a Compassionate Friends Facebook page, Connie sent out some-more of Riley’s stickers.
“If not for other mothers, we don’t know how we would do it.”
– Donna Wilson
She now gets requests from finish strangers who wish to take Riley’s plaque with them on their travels, she said.
She estimated that Riley’s stickers have been to dozens of countries, and that she has sent out some-more than 200 stickers.
Both Volk and Wilson know how most their support network means to them. Volk is operative to safeguard her excellent son isn’t forgotten. Wilson wants a support network to assistance her with her loss.
“If it wasn’t for carrying tie with other mothers that are feeling a same thing, we would substantially all go crazy. Because, no one, no one during all, knows how another mom feels,” Wilson said.
“If not for other mothers, we don’t know how we would do it,” she said.