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Heather Dawn's Story





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Published on Jan 24, 2013

This photo/musical montage shows of a life too young, ripped from her mom's and everybody else's heart due to distracted driving. My beloved daughter, Heather Dawn Bouchard, was just 24 years old when she died. She was a dedicated, and much loved social worker who was engaged to be married.
One beautiful April morning, Heather decided to call a client on her way to work.. It was her last call. Heather Dawn dropped her cell, and while attempting to retrieve it, unbuckled the seat belt. In that split second, my little girl, lost control, veered across an almost non-existent grassy median, and careened headlong into a channel 6 live news van from Portland, ME. The crew sustained minor injuries, my daughter was ejected and died hours later.
After picking myself off the floor in 2010, or there abouts, I decided to establish "The Heather & Liam Connection for Autistic and Other Tangled Learners." My daughter's dream had been to "teach/guide autistic children and other tangled learners," the skills through relationship development. Heather Dawn had been well on her way to untangling a little guy, named Liam. Heather had taught, played with, and loved up to her untimely death in 2008.

It is this beautiful connection between a young boy who often lived in his own world, and whose hobby was building paper airplanes, and a kind hearted young woman, who fell in love with him. Through a relationship that spanned several years, the little boy couldn't help but fall in love with the young teacher. Liam's mom has remarked that at times, "Liam would just let his whole self relax and laugh." Laugh, because he knew that his friend would not be literal for one moment. Liam learned to accept that his foot was a "foot phone," because Heather would not stop ringing his foot until he smiled, then laughed. Then there were the days when Heather and her little guy would lay on a blanket outside at his house, and find dinosaurs and airplanes in the clouds above.

Everybody has a legacy. Heather Dawn Bouchard's legacy is that she loved God's Special Children.
Thank you for watching the montage, and "please drive mindfully; please drive with care."

Heather Dawn's Mom


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