Nickel from Nicole: One of the other drivers that day was Nicole’s classmate and friend Lance. Lance watched the tragedy unfold as the car he was driving was passed, and seconds later witness to the fatal crash. In the days that followed, Lance wrote a letter to Nicole’s family talking about how he’d first met Nicole and how they would hang out in the same group etc. He wrote how special her friendship was to him and how he thought it was cute how Nicole would nickname her friends with a "y" at the end of their names (Lance was Lancey).
Always the nicknamer, but never with a nickname of her own; Lance wrote, in the aftermath, how he was going to nickname Nicole, "Nickel" (her initials were NKL). Lance continued to write how he taped a Nickel to the dashboard of his car as a constant reminder for himself to drive safely - knowing now, the extent of the consequences. His final thought was that Nicole's death would save many others...
Nicole's family was deeply touched by Lance's letter and wondered... "If Lance is going to use a Nickel on the dashboard of his car to remind himself to always drive safely, do you think we could get other teenage drivers to do the same?" You betcha!!! The non-profit "Nickel from Nicole" was born. A 501(c)3 whose mission is to promote save driving to new teenage drivers, and the parents of.
Nickel Card: To help with the messaging and distribution of Nickels, a Nickel Card was created. Easy to read, yet very impactful: A beaming picture of Nicole in sharp contrast to a photo of the wreckage; The tragic headlines from the newspaper countered by a brief description of Nicole's aspiring life; A self-adhered Nickel is attached, with the instruction to peel off and attach to the recipient's dashboard; Lance's letter, that inspired it all, is printed on the back.
The impact Nickel From Nicole will have on saving lives can never be measured, however, one dad's perspective is spot on;
"What a great tribute to Nicole! I've got a nickel in all the cars Danny drives now, I hope it gives him pause each time he gets behind the wheel. I know it will for me."
Thank you for your support.
Jeff, Sharlene & Chris LeGrow
"SAVING LIVES ONE NICKEL at a TIME"