The beautiful woman you see in the picture is Ms. Beverly Monique Bradley. She is the President of the Darius Jones Foundation and the mother of Darius Jones. I had the pleasure of meeting her last year at a Chamber of Commerce event at De La Salle High School. Ms. Monique came to the table and sat down while I was enjoying the free food the local businesses provided. She said, "Hi, Shannon, how are you doing?" The thoughts that came to my head were, "Do I know her? Did I meet her somewhere before? How did she know my name? " Then I remembered, I had a name tag on...duh! She asked me why I was at the event and I explained that I had two young boys and wanted them to attend De La Salle when they hit high school age. She said it was great I was preparing for my boys future and that her son attended De La Salle. She went on to say that he died from a sudden cardiac arrest during a basketball game his freshman year-he was fifteen years old. I cried as she told the story about his sudden death, her loss, her anger, and her resolve to not to let her son's death go in vain. She told me she started the Darius Jones Foundation with the "goal of bringing awareness, education, CPR training, screenings, and AED devices in schools so no other would have to experience the loss she did.
Ms. Monique and I talked the whole event. We spoke about her vision for the foundation, upcoming events, areas of opportunity, healthcare screenings, and spreading her message to the minority community. Then she told me that she is looking for new board members to help drive the foundation forward and asked me and my husband if we were interested. We were honored and shocked because we were not expecting such an invitation. We did not hesitate in saying yes! What a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a foundation with such purpose and to work with a woman who turned her sorrow and pain into action.
So I am proud to announce that my husband and I will be sworn in as new Board Members for the Darius Jones Foundation!! For me, this is life changing opportunity that I am excited to be apart of and cannot wait to be involved in a foundation spreading awareness to our community!
For More information or to get involved go to: www.dariusjonesfoundation.com