Keep Kids Alive is a wonderful non-profit and I believe has really made a difference in the Omaha community. It's a simple reminder to the community to slow it down in our neighborhoods, especially where kids are present. -Sgt. Erin Payne, Omaha Police Department
I found Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 after losing my son Tristan when he was hit by a car while running... speed and poor driving choices were involved. KKAD25 brings families such as ours together at the Run to Remember in Omaha and once again in Colorado. These gatherings allowed us to tell our story, meet other families also hurting from loss, and remember Tristan. The mission of KKAD25 doesn't stop there however. Tom has worked closely with our KKAD25 committee in Treynor IA, supporting our efforts and assisting us in acquiring grant money to help make our town a safer place for runners, walkers, bikers.
We met Tom Everson several years ago at a grief conference and were taken back with his vision and desire to help educate and support families who have lost children too soon. Our youngest son, Brandon died in an auto accident in April 2004. Our lives were changed forever. There isn't a day that goes by that we wonder what he would be doing and where he would be. Initially, we supplied the shirts for the Run to Remember, which is the half marathon on Pike's Peak. This past summer we were able to join other families across the country share in a memorable weekend full of lots of hugs, sharing our kids, and even a few laughs. This is a special group, KKAD25, providing education and support to so many families struggling to survive without a child. We are pleased and proud to support this program! --Brit & Denise McPherson
On February 25th 2008 we lost our beautiful daughter Erika Joy in a one-vehicle roll-over accident. Tom Everson and family inspire and move communities to be aware and drive safer in neighborhoods, schools and on every street in every community. Their reach is far and wide and the most important work there is. Keeping our children safe. Mighty people with a mighty purpose. Amazing people. Amazing organization.
Tom Everson and I met through tragedy, my daughter Erika's death in an auto accident. Through tragedy we have strived for grace and good. Tom Everson and Keep Kids Alive bring positive through pain....beauty in the ashes. What an amazing group of people doing what they do for the good of the community and even beyond. Keep up the good work guys!!!
This non-profit has empowered me and honored my story by: creating a safety campaign in my husband's name, connecting me with other families, and helping me become a runner to climb Pike's Peak for my late husband. Tom is passionate, smart, dedicated, and successful in assisting families to Live Forward after loss. He is truly making a difference with his work and I am so happy we met.
Tom Everson runs an amazing non-profit. I met him at the "Towards Zero Deaths" conference in Minnesota in 2008, after my husband was rear-ended and killed in a traffic accident. Not only did Tom provide support and empathy, he asked me for my story and if I would like to be involved in a new campaign targeting tail-gaters. I said yes and he created "It's Not a Race! Create Space!" to honor my husband and me. Over the last two years, he has worked tirelessly to get our new initiative off the ground and onto the back of semi-trucks throughout the country. He always keeps me current with the various organizations and grant requests he submits. We have had some success, and some disappointments. But Tom is always positive and so respectful. When the organizations has its annual run, Tom always writes to me with the news, t-shirts for the event, and how he and his family will keep James' memory with them all the time. Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is a responsive, caring, and hard-working non-profit that I recommend to everyone I know.
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I first became acquainted with Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 following the loss of our 16 y/o son and a high school classmate in a motor vehicle crash in 2012. Our daughter was able to participate in the Live Forward! Run To Remember event in both 2015 and 2016 running in memory of her little brother and several young people from Idaho. Our family was blessed beyond words as KKAD25 opened their hearts to us and helped us find common ground with other families who have suffered similar losses. Together, we are all learning to "Live Forward". We encourage every community to invite KKAD25 and their programs to help save lives!
Bill and I lost our Son Andrew ,August 8,2014. He had just turned 34 the 28th of July. He was involved in a head on collision. I was contacted by a friend who knew about Keep kids alive, drive 25.
I was then contacted by Tom Everson...he and this orgonazition was a gift from God..
Bill nor I had talked with anyone who had ever been through what we were going through.
Our friends and families were trying so hard to help us just to keep it together. But they could only do so much.
Tom told us all about a weekend where we could meet other families and share our story. We would also hear other families share theirs. We were able to know just what each other was going through and we developed life long new friends who shared each other's grief.
It was so healing to be with these other families. We laughed,we remembered our loved ones, we cried. But we healed. It was truly a blessing.
If it had not been for this organization, I'm not sure Billy and I would have been able to make it through this devastated loss.
We have now gone for 2 years and as long as we can, we will continue to go. To see old friends and to meet the new ones who have become members of a club no one should ever belong to. A grieving parent.
God bless, Tom, his family, this organization, all the famili we hav met.
We love you all dearly, Billy and Toni Smith
I've had the distinct pleasure to work with KKAD25 to create a program in Alameda in conjunction with the national Walk to School program. We were extremely successful and Tom Everson was creative and collaborative in working with us. There is nothing more fulfilling then working together as a community to make our town safer for all and particularly kids walking to school.
I started the Conor Lynch Foundation when my 16year old son was killed by a distracted, hit and run , non-licensed driver. Tom and his organization have been not only a great inspiration to me and the Conor Lynch Foundation but also been a guiding light in the area of street safety. This organization operates from the heart at all times. Tom is constantly reaching out to families who have lost loved ones in the street. So I am a client and a donor and a supporter of Keep Kids Alive and a friend of Tom's because of all they do to KEEP KIDS ALIVE! Thank you Tom and team.
This is an excellent organization that helps so many who have lost a loved one in vehicle accidents. Tom & his staff work hard to promote safe driving & to honor the memory of our loved ones with their Pikes Peak Run. We lost our 20yr. old daughter, 10 yrs ago in a car accident & she's been remembered for the last four years when we found this organization. Thanks to KKAD25 for bringing awareness to safer driving & remembering our loved ones. Jan Anstett
Tom Everson and Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 is one of the most dedicated organizations, I've come across. We devote a monthly page in our newsletter on the programs, articles and news worthy events that he sponsors. He came out to Phoenix to help us with the Drive 25 trash decals in our neighborhood which got Moon Valley High School involved passing them out. Tom is a dedicated individual that is worthy of any and all sponsorship he can obtain. Keep up the good work Tom! By Vicki Allen, Phoenix, AZ, Cactus Park West Neighborhood News, Web: neighborhoodlink.com/phoenix/cpwna
Thanks for your affirmation and for all the commitment and efforts of Cactus Park West in implementing KKAD25 locally. It is citizens like you that make the mission happen across the country.
I met Tom and his KKAD25 program at a Neighborhood USA convention over 10 years ago. I brought his KKAD25 program back to the City of Roseville, Ca. I got the City to cosponsor the KKAD25 program thoughout Roseville. We have the decals on garbage cans throughout the city. Driving in residental neighborhoods is a problem all over America. I sincerely believe this program has saved many lifes in our city. I urge anyone reading these reviews to start a KKAD25 program in your city.
Thank Jim. KKAD25 does not happen without committed citizens in communities across the country to lead the way. Thank you for leading the way in Roseville.
My family has endured the over whelming loss of my 7 year old baby boy, Matthew. During this time we have been graced with meeting many loving, caring people and organizations. One of the organizations I would like to recognize is, “Keep Kids Alive Drive 25”, created by Tom Everson.
The mission of this organization is to create public awareness of obeying the posted speed limit signs, especially in residential areas and support families who have lost loved ones due to careless/reckless motorist. This organization has helped me to connect with other grieving families and motivate me in pursing to educate others of the tragedies that can be a result of speeding. We all know it only takes seconds to have a life changing incident happen and all I ask is that people just SLOW down. We, the motorist have taken the responsibility to operate a motor vehicle and should do so with respect to the laws, other motorist, pedestrians and more importantly the children; who may run out into the road for a ball, their dog or on a bike.
Mr. Everson has dedicated himself for this cause and has reached out to my family, consoling us and letting us know that we are not alone that there are other families who can empathize that burning overwhelming feeling of emptiness you have left in your heart, feeling as if you’re alone, hopeless and broken.
Mr. Everson is making a special trip to meet with me and my family on Sunday, to have dinner and show his continued support. It takes special Angels here on this earth to comfort a broken heart and we are honored to be able to meet with him. We will forever be grateful for Mr. Everson and this cause.
Thank you for your kind words Mandy. We are privileged to know you and Nick and to honor Matthew through our mission.
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is an inspiring organization taking on an enormous task. The compassion shown to families who have lost children in traffic accidents brings great comfort. The determination to learn about each and every story and share it with every opportunity shows those families that their child *still* matters and is not forgotten. We commend this organization.
We learned about this site when we lost our 5 year old beautiful daughter in a accident. She was playing at my sisters house, and ran across the road to throw a rock in a ditch. She lives in the country. a speeding truck came down the gravel road and never saw her, and never even realized what he had hit untill he got out of his truck and seen her. Tom Everson is been a wonderful, compasinate man to me and our family. I'm so glad there are people out there that still care about other people, and not just thereselfs. Thank you again. God Bless you and your runners on your run on August 20 2011. Thank you for making Maddison a part of it.
I am the secretary of our school PTA, a retired teacher of 30 years, and mother of 2. I have seen the way traffic flies down the hill at our school (yet the city does nearly nothing to slow them down); my own daughter watched her junior high friend get hit by a car not 2 feet from her on the way home from school one day (did a back flip, lost her shoe, and miraculously received no fatal injury); and I even received a warning ticket years ago for driving too fast near a school (in summer, so I didn't realize the speed limits were "on"). Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is SO IMPORTANT in getting the word out. The phrase, "Don't let the two minutes you save be the last two minutes of someone else's life." sticks with me... almost hauntingly. I hope it sticks with EVERYONE who hears it. and if they all take it to heart, the lives that are saved may one day be my grandchildren, the kids at my school, YOUR children, YOUR neighbors, and YOUR friends. This is the single most important organization I have come across during my first year as a PTA officer. EVERYONE needs to know about this group, their message, and the means to save lives! Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 deserves respect, donations, and recognition for the wonderful job they are doing to educate and reform drivers while saving lives.
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The Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 program has been extremely well received in the community of New Berlin WI for many years. Our citizens have embraced this program with yard signs each year. We have also used permanent street Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 signs in some of the major problem areas. As with most communities, speeding in subdivisions remains a constant problem. The signs build an awareness that neighbors are concerned and want the violators to be aware of the danger and to slow down. We also run radar sets in numerous neighborhoods in conjunction with the signs. Tom Everson has been terrific to work with and his sincere concern to remind drivers to slow down is evident when you speak with him. We appreciate all he has done for our community.
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