Last year, on April 20th, Edie Perkins was out on her morning training ride when she was struck by a driver, Melissa, who was making a left hand turn. Edie was paralyzed from the waist down, but this has not stopped her from doing what she loves! She took up hand cycling and has participated in her first half marathon before Finish The Run. She is now friends with the woman who hit her and they "Finished The Run" together at the event on April 29th! They are now both united in the mission of making safer streets and providing aid to those affected by traffic collisions and traumatic injury.
On the morning of FTR Griffith Park, Edie told her story during the opening ceremony and introduced Melissa, forgiving her and giving her a hug in front of the thousand participants in attendance. There was not a dry eye in the house.
SAFE was instrumental in helping to bring Melissa and Edie together, assisting both of them as part of SAFE Support, a support system to help those who suffer traumatic traffic collisions. As a thank you and as part of Melissa's new found mission, she raised $3,500 to help SAFE Support provide their services to victims and families.
As if that wasn't enough, Melissa and local medical center, Glendale Adventist, brought a group of 144 people to join "Team Edie" and Finish The Run with us in honor of Edie! Thank you to Glendale Adventist, Edie and Melissa for helping us continue our good work. We look forward to a wonderful partnership in saving lives! #LivingOurAHMission #NeverGiveUp.