- 5 years ago
- Wedding: December 2014
I have gone to church with Meg my entire life. She was only a few years older than me, and we were in youth group together. Her mom was the Minister of Music and our youth director.
This past Monday, Meg was in the middle of a 13 mile run training for the Boston Marathon when she was struck and killed by a drunk driver. This was at 8:15 in the morning. Her husband was running with her at the time, and was not harmed.
Meg is a mother of three children under the age of 7. She is a devout Christian and a well-known member of our community. Meg always had a smile on her face, and was always willing to lend a helping hand. When I say she was a good person, I honestly mean it. Very few people I have met in my life can stand up to her level.
The news of her death has spread worldwide, and runners (and joggers, and walkers, and people-who-dont-ever-do-anything-but-want-to-support-and-raise-awareness) are uniting to run in honor of Meg on Saturday morning. As of now, over 65,000 people worldwide have committed to running in Meg’s honor.
This run is to bring attention to drunk driving and texting-while-driving. It is asked that you take a picture of your run/shoes/etc and how far you ran and post it on facebook, instagram, and twitter using the hashtag #megsmiles Its no coincidence that the hashtag says “megs miles” as well as “meg smiles.”
I went to her visitation tonight. I stood outside in 27 degree weather for two hours (followed by about an hour wait inside) while I waited for my chance to say goodbye and visit with her family. The line was wrapped completely around the building outside, and through every hallway and coridoor inside. I only hope the Meg realized how loved she was on this earth.
Show your support for this tragic loss. These three children are now without a mother. Help raise awareness for drunk driving. Runners, unite!
Here is the Facebook group if you would like to join:
Here are the people Meg has affected worldwide:
And finally, here is a picture of the street sign that was where Meg was killed. Local runners have turned it into a beautiful memorial.