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Germany 2008 visiting Alicia while she explored Europe

It is a long road we walk, as Nelson Mandela would say. So I start each page with a quote from Nelson Mandela.

Before:

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

I raised my daughters to always give back to this world and do what makes them happy. Ashley the one in the middle teaches Autism kids. Me, on the left I am an RN. Alicia who this page is for is the one on the right. I’m only adding video’s so you can see her personality.

I know Alicia will never be the same. However, I do want to bring back some quality of life. Please help anyway you can.

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So let me begin:

Alicia was always a free spirit. She always wanted to help others. She graduated from UCLA in 2008. She traveled through Europe wanting to learn new cultures and languages. She majored in International Relations. Her first job was with Relief International. She then returned home to focus on getting her masters at Oxford University. Hoping to major in Universal Health. She always had a dream of helping other’s. She wanted to join the Peace Corp or Doctor’s Without Borders and take me with her so I wouldn’t worry about her. I would of gladly gone with her. Unfortunately, those dreams didn’t come true.

Alicia was declared dead at the hospital. For three days while at UCSD they refused to treat her Brain Injury. It wasn’t until Day #3 that they agreed to treat her injury when she moved her thumb.

I had prayed to her father every day. (He passed away in 1996). The accident was one day before his birth date. I asked him “Please, I can’t take another loss, bring her back to us.

 Alicia and her dad.

Alicia and her dad.

 With friends on her birthday.

With friends on her birthday.

I found this quote in Alicia’s desk drawer. I don’t know where she got it from but it rings so true. I am going to write exactly how she did.

Many people will walk in & out of ur life, but only true friends will leave foot prints on your heart.

A friend is someone who walks in when the whole world has walked out”

Alicia with her friends on her graduation day from UCLA.

Alicia (badly) singing The Beatles with friends in the car.