On April 14, 2010 a tragic accident took the life of five-year old Ava Marie Zimmerman. Bright, vibrant, courageous Ava was walking to the park in the Village of Greendale, WI with her mom, little brother, aunt and twin cousins when she was struck and killed by a car in the middle of the crosswalk. We need your help to prevent this from happening again!
Ava and her family were doing everything right that beautiful, sunny spring day. Ava and her brother had gotten off their bikes, stopped and waited for no traffic and only when it was “safe”, began to cross to the other side in the crosswalk. Ava would be steps away from making it to the other side, when out of nowhere a vehicle struck her and her mother. We would never speak to, get hugs from or giggle with Ava ever again…she was gone.
No one should fear walking to go to the park, visit a local store or go to school. Pedestrians should have a feeling of safety, knowing that drivers will watch out for them.
Shortly after Ava was taken from us, our family created “Guardian Ava”. We wanted to create a foundation in Ava’s memory. We wanted her foundation to have a purpose; we wanted it to have a mission; and we wanted it to have a goal. Ironically, for several months it didn’t have any of those – it was simply a representation of our Ava. Our Ava who was now in heaven watching over and protecting us – this gave us a whole new meaning to the phrase “guardian angel”.
Though Guardian Ava still has a very special meaning behind the name, it now too has a purpose, a mission, and a goal. Its purpose is inspired by the life of a 5-year- old little girl who is remembered as being adventurous, nurturing and thoughtful of others. Now her life is the inspiration behind her own foundation to support an effort to help educate and increase awareness for pedestrian safety.
According to the Department of Transportation, in 2009, over 4,000 pedestrians were killed in pedestrian / motor vehicle crashes in the United States and there were a whopping 69,000 pedestrians injured in traffic crashes.
Join us on Sunday April 22, 2012 as we walk to support Ava and Advocate Vehicle Awareness.