For Immediate Release

Lee and Deborah Wagner

Fayetteville, GA  30215

770-716-5298

For Immediate Release: March 9, 2008

A FATHER WALKS 380 MILES IN REMEMBRANCE OF TEEN CHILDREN

Fayetteville, GA and Welcome, NC - March 28, 2008. 

This website (http://www.awalktoremember.org/) was established to tell one family’s struggle with grief and the void which results when loved ones leave us too quickly and without explanation.  This site is dedicated to the memory of Jillian and Lee Wagner, killed on Mother’s Day 2004 on an interstate in Georgia.  Jillian was 18 and Lee was 16.  Both were wearing their seat belts, but sometimes that does not matter.

The children’s father, Lee Wagner, says, ‘We prayed about what we could do and came up with a journey that would trace our children’s final journey from Georgia to North Carolina in May of 2004.  The walk could serve as a means to replenish the Jillian and Lee Wagner Scholarship Fund and keep their legacy alive into the future.’  There is a link to a pledge page where, if you are so moved, you can make a contribution to this fund.

Lee Wagner’s “Walk to Remember” will commence on or around March, 28th, at the Wagner Courtyard, Starr’s Mill High School, Fayetteville, GA and he will continue to walk every Saturday and Sunday through April as he travels north from Peachtree City toward the South Carolina line.  Beginning May 1st, he will walk every day until his arrival at Bethesda United Methodist Church (N.C.) on Mothers Day morning - coincidentally the date of his 56th birthday.  Having also just undergone knee surgery, he will need to average around 17 miles a day to arrive on time.

The funds raised by this year’s “Walk to Remember” will go towards scholarships and mission trips. ‘This year we would also like to begin a scholarship at North Davidson High School in Welcome, N.C.  This is the school Jillian and Lee Jr. attended prior to our move to Georgia.  In addition, we want to make a contribution from the fund to Bethesda United Methodist Church. This is our families’ home church in North Carolina and the final resting place of Jillian and Lee Wagner.’

Please visit http://www.awalktoremember.org/ or call the phone number above for more information about the Wagner’s story, to assist with their efforts to keep their children’s memories alive through the Jillian and Lee Scholarship Fund, and also to learn about the opportunity for youth groups from any interested church, synagogue, school or civic organization to use this “Walk to Remember” as a fundraiser for their own use.

‘They can walk in memory of their own loved ones and collect pledge money for their own projects. During, before, or after the walk segments, I will be available to talk to the youth about choices they make in life that affect not only their lives, but many lives around them,’ explains Lee Wagner.

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