Today I am going to write about something other than my experiences with MS. Today I am going to share with you a story of a devastating tragedy that stuck members of my hometown. I am sharing it with you because I want it to put us all into action. I want to inspire you to put pen to paper. I first wish to extend my deepest condolences to the Amann and Hicks families. The loss of their angel Jaedyn is heartbreaking and I know words are of little solace at this time. However, it is my hope that each of you that read these words takes action. Help us prevent number 95 from ever occurring.
On July 4th, 2012, on the Watson Lake Secondary School soccer field in the Yukon Territory, 5-year-old, Jaedyn Amann Hicks was struck in the back of the head by the crossbar of a poorly maintained, unanchored, collapsible soccer net at approximately 5:00 PM. A fellow playmate, aged 3 years and weighing roughly 30 lbs., merely leaned against one of the upright posts, causing the buckling action that led to the net’s collapse. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, Jaedyn succumbed to her injuries and passed away at approximately 8:00 PM. (more…)