On Dec. 29, 2009, our lives were forever changed. As parents, our worst nightmare had been realized.
We lost our oldest daughter, Elyse Rebecca Hardin, 15, in a tragic automobile wreck. Little sister, Ashlyn, lost her only sibling. We had no idea how we would ever be able to get through the days that followed.
Three of our dear friends, Rena Walker, Shannon Thorne, and Teresa Brown, knew that it would be important to us to turn this tragedy into something positive. There had to be a way to reach out and help the youth in our area and honor Elyse at the same time.