This Sunday, October 17, the HERO Campaign is holding its 10th walk to raise awareness for designated driving.
“The walk started ten years ago. We felt that we needed a community event. We had a golf tournament but we wanted to broaden the involvement of the community in the HERO Campaign. This is a way to do that and also to invite the participation of students and teachers from John’s High School, Egg Harbor Township, where he was the president of his class and we’ve achieved that,” said Bill Elliott, chairman and CEO of the HERO Campaign.
His son, John, was killed in a collision with a drunk driver 21 years ago— two months after graduating from the United States Naval Academy.
“We miss him every day. This is our tribute to our son for his gift of his 21 years to us and the fulfillment of our promise that we do everything in his memory to spare others this tragedy.
“It’s heartbreaking to see the victim families who participate in our walk. We have a memory banner that unfortunately keeps getting larger every year.”
This year, there will be several HERO Patrol cars on display outside of the Civic Center. Currently, ten police cars in New Jersey are wrapped with the HERO slogan.
“We appreciate all the support for annual businesses as well as the walkers themselves. We think the event is part of our mission to raise awareness and be a constant reminder that designated drivers save lives,” said Bill. “If the person who hit and killed John had a designated driver, our son would be alive, well, and serving his country.”
Registration is at 9am on October 17 at the Civic Center at 6th Street. Fun run starts at 10am and the Walk begins at 11am.
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