It might be the only place you will find more "heroes" in one place in the country, but these are not the real heroes you read about in comic books. As registered designated drivers, advocates of designated driving, and family members affected by drunk driving walked side by side Sunday in Ocean City for the 3rd annual HERO campaign HERO WALK.
"It's something that needs to be supported throughout not just the state of New Jersey, but the whole country," says David Ade.
With over 2,000 people stepping up to promote the cause, organizers like founder Bill Elliott are thrilled to see the continued support of his mission. Which is to raise awareness of designated drivers.
"We pledged to ourselves in his memory to do everything we can to prevent drunk driving and by promoting the use of designated drivers, which is now a movement that is catching on and saving lives around the country," Elliott says.
This non–profit organization and its walk has gained both regional and national attention. Gathering support from families affected by drunk driving, like David Ade, who's nephew was killed by a drunk driver in 2007.
"I miss my nephew, I wish I could wish him a happy birthday. His birthday is in two days, and I haven't been able to do that in 6 years now," says an emotional Ade.
The HERO campaign will continue its mission, and step beyond the boundaries of the garden state; with a walk in Boston on October 20th and another walk in Delaware on October 26th.
"It started at our kitchen table, and it has grown now to seven states, and thousands of people are registered as designated drivers," says Elliott. "We think that the HERO campaign and its message is working, we think its saving lives, and we're going to keep going," he finishes.
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