2002 Sheila Forsner Award Presented to The Crowley Family
On August 25, 1988, 2 year-old Billy Crowley was hit by an impaired driver, leaving him a quadriplegic and killing his mother, stepfather and unborn sister. After extensive nursing care and therapy costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, and with the support from family and friends, Billy has grown into a young man who has made a difference.
1992, Bill was named poster child for the American Trauma Society, being selected over many other severely injured children. He was flown to Washington to meet President Bush. Most recently he was chosen regional winner of a scholarship for Kohl's Department Stores' "Kohl's Kids Who Care" contest.
Bill, his father and mother have volunteered to speak at AAIM's Victim Impact Panels for the last ten years. These panels are presented to DUI offenders in hopes that they will not repeat this crime. Studies have shown that these panels have indeed reduced recidivism. The Crowley Family often spoke on panels with Sheila. Bill's message to DUI offenders is strong, "Don't drink and drive."
The Crowley's continuous support and life-saving efforts make them a worthy recipient of this Award. AAIM salutes this wonderful family.