“My 20 year old son Christian died tragically from binge drinking at college in 2015. Shocking, life altering and incomprehensible- all at the same time. My. son. Died! How can this be my life?? I never even let my brain imagine losses like that. I thought to myself, I can’t crumble. I need to give Christian’s life purpose, not due to his sad death but create better futures for others because of his death.
So instead of hiding, burying myself and remaining silent about his death, I prayed and prayed and asked God to lead me. Lead me and show me what He wanted me to do and to (please) bestow the gift of grace on me so I wouldn’t become the bitter mom whose kid died.
Luckily I was given the gift of grace, inspired by the Holy Spirit and created a mission called “Don’t Stall, Just Call”. The goal is to educate all young people & their families about the current binge drinking culture and the dangerous and sometimes deadly effects of alcohol poisoning. Speaking in front of audiences, sharing the sad, horrible, truth and the reality that my beloved, youngest child Christian will never be coming back (because he took life for granted, believing he was invincible-believing that bad things only happen to other people-nope!) gives me strength when people look at me and say “How does she do that?” And I want to say, “How can I not? Everyone needs to be educated so no other families ever experiences the loss of a loved one due to lack of education again.” Our “Don’t Stall, Just Call” mission provides people of all ages with a toolkit to know the dangers of binge drinking and learn the signs of alcohol poisoning that they can carry with them throughout their lives. This creates a distinct feeling of purpose for me, and one that gives me strength everyday.”
Links to Don’t Stall, JustCall: www.dontstalljustcall.org ;