April 23rd is quickly approaching. To many, this date may seem insignificant but to our family it was the day our lives changed forever. It amazes me to think that an entire family's life can be changed in the blink of an eye but it happens. Many people have asked how I am going to spend that day and I really don’t have a response. While I view it as a very tragic day, I can’t help but to focus on the positive side to this story. The outpouring of love and compassion from family, friends, neighbors, people all over the world that I have never even met. It brings a smile to my face to know that my daughter has brought so many people together in such a positive way. Days after the accident my neighborhood was full of pink ribbons. All over houses, cars, trees…..wherever there was a place to tie a ribbon, one was found. The pink ribbons then started to travel beyond our neighborhood to schools, day care centers, churches, other states and even out of the country. Unity! What seems like such a small thing signifies so much more.
Getting back to the April 23rd question, it is my wish to see as many pink ribbons as I did in the days that followed the accident. I am not asking that they stay up for a long period of time. I am simply asking to make April 23rd an “All for Ava” day. It will serve as a reminder of the senselessness of the act that put us here but more importantly it will remind us of the unity of those near and far that have given our family the strength to live day to day.
Thank you ALL for your continued prayers and support!
Manny, Traci, Jack, Isabella and AVA