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Sandra Rougier

In memory of Teshawn

My life totally changed on February 1, 1999. My only child Teshawn was stolen from me by gun violence. Nothing in life meant anything or mattered to me. For quite a while I felt totally helpless. My granddaughters did not have a father, and I no longer had my only child.

Today I still feel the empty space in my body, mind and soul. I have a deep-rooted urge to help my peers who have suffered this loss and to prevent it from happening to other families. This tragic loss has given me a purpose for my pain and a reason to keep going in the fight to end gun violence.

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