Whether we have someone in our lives for one day, one year, or a life time, we need to appreciate them in our life. I cherished every moment and continue to do so today. Nick will live on through the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. Nick will live on through Breona and Aaron and Pam. Nick will live on in our hearts. Nick Murphy will never be forgotten. For that, I am very happy.
We all had a good laugh and didn’t want the evening to end. It was a magical night and truly special. It was especially rewarding for me. It is hard to describe my feelings considering Aaron is a similar age to Theresa and I and thirty years older than Nick, but in many respects he is a lot like Nick and it was like talking to Nick as a 50-year-old.
It was to be a glorious and fun-filled week with all of our kids back together. We had vacationed in Gulf Shores, Alabama and the surrounding area as a family for years when the children were younger. For us, when Nick had the opportunity to go to Pensacola, it was like going back home. At least we thought.
Our family is standing by the stage at the Peoria Civic Center waiting to be introduced to a crowd of 2,000 people and receive the 2017 Heartland Hero Award from the American Red Cross on behalf of our son, Nicholas J. Murphy. Nick is not with us this evening. There is a reason. Here is the video of Nick's story as told that night.
My youngest son, Nick Murphy, was killed on November 19, 2016. Prior to that day, I never used Facebook on any regular basis. I thought it was a waste of time and a waste of energy. I always wondered why so many people cared so much about other people’s lives. It took a life altering event like the death of my son for me to understand the power of Facebook and the power of people.