Erin's death was shocking to all of us. She had survived a life of extensive child abuse and was able to rise above it. She worked her her way through college to become educated and independent. When she graduated, she set out to help other children who were trying to survive traumatic lives. Because no one helped her, she became someone who helped children in need. Erin's mission was to make sure that kids living through this knew that someone cared and that someone was looking out for them. Now that Erin is gone, we've set up this fund to help carry on her mission. This fund will provide grants for kids ages 16-21 who have survived abusive childhoods and who are setting goals so that they are determining their future free from abuse. Donations will go into an account and youth will be able to apply for the grants through an application and interview process. The fund is being managed by a committee of her most devoted friends, Rosalie Rein, Melissa Phipps and Lisa Hay. We will decide and announce the grantees on Erin's birthday, February 15.