Stillman Valley High School students gave the gift of life on Wednesday, in honor of a life taken to soon.
Senior Francie Kerr remembered her friend Emily Fleming as she volunteered at the “Do Life Right” blood drive, Wednesday. Fleming died after a car she, and two other cheerleaders, were riding in crashed into a truck, just before a September football game.
“Emily and I were really good friends,” said Francie Kerr, a senior at Stillman Valley High School. “I didn’t really know what to think, it was just… shock. I [didn’t] know how to react.”
“It’s still something that’s processing and it’s going to take a while for it to really sink in,” said Brennan Showers, a senior at Stillman Valley High School. But one thing Showers says has sunk in, is the legacy his friend Emily left behind.
“She just talked to everybody and … she loved everybody, really. And she always came to school with a smile on her face,” said Showers.
Now, Fleming’s friends want others to do life right just as they say Emily did.
“‘Doing life right’ is just making the right choices and really trying your hardest to be the best person you can be,” said Showers.
“None of us are perfect. But I think Emily empowered us, inspired all of us to get a little closer to greatness, versus good,” explained Heather Lalor, friend of the Fleming family, and organizer of Wednesday’s blood drive.
Each pint of can save up to three lives. Lalor says that while blood donations couldn’t have saved Emily, they did come to the rescue of one of the other girls who was seriously hurt in the same crash.
“I think it would’ve made her proud,” said Lalor through tears, “I wish it would’ve saved [Emily] or could’ve saved her, but I know it also saved a very special person too.”
Rochelle Resident 64-year-old Andy Conderman also died in the September crash. Lalor says he too did life right.
Click here to check out the “Do Life Right” Facebook page.