10 years ago I met a woman named Lisa Weider, she pledged into my sorority when I was the New Member Educator for Alpha Omicron Pi. She was a lively, spirited young woman. Always smiling and looking for the next adventure. She was young, smart, nice and energetic.
8 years ago this month we lost Lisa over spring break. She was in Galveston with friends celebrating a week off from college. Like all of us, Lisa was just having fun. In a split second she was gone.
Here is a video Ezra Gentle made last year:
Last night was Safe Break at OU. There were so many people who came to hear about Lisa and meet her parents Dan and Becky. They along with their oldest daughter, Rachel, have to continue through life without their energetic kind hearted Lisa. They share this message with students at OU every year for Safe Break. To encourage students to think before making decisions. Becky recounts the details of the day Lisa passed away. How they got a phone call and did not know if they would make it to the hospital in time. Dan talks about having a “designated thinker” and always carrying identification.
To make that easier, there is this really cool new product called an IceDot. OU is giving all of their students access to IceDot for free while they are in school. After graduation it is still only $10 a year.
Dan told the crowd last night that I have become a member of their family. It was a true honor to hear that from him, because I feel the same. I am so lucky to have the Weider’s in my life. They are truly a one of a kind family. With the biggest hearts anyone could ever imagine. I just wish with all of my soul we had become a part of each other’s lives for another reason besides losing Lisa.
It is so wonderful to see students still carrying on the memory of Lisa. Our collegiate sisters in AOII truly honor Lisa’s memory every year. They have Dan and Becky over to the house for dinner. There is a scholarship that the Weider’s set up that goes to an AOII member. This year the recipient and her mother came to dinner and met Dan and Becky. I am so honored to be an alumnae of such an amazing group of women.
Here are some pictures from last night’s Safe Break.