Home City: Alpharetta, GA
Crash Anniversary: February 15, 2012
While a student at the University of Rhode Island, Erica Lee Knowles worked as a hostess in Narragansett. A journalism and women’s studies major, she was on duty the night of Valentine’s Day 2012 when she rode with her boss to another restaurant, where he continued to drink. When they left shortly after midnight in his car to return to their homes, her boss lost control of his vehicle while joyriding and slammed into a telephone pole, which was sheared in half by the impact. Erica went into cardiac arrest en route to the hospital, and her parents received the call at their home in Atlanta in the early morning hours. The trauma team kept Erica on life support until they could arrive to say goodbye. Later, her parents accepted her degree posthumously.
Now a MADD Georgia State Advisory Board member, Shiela Priore, Erica’s mother, describes her daughter: “Erica was beautiful inside and out. She will always be with us, and we will continue to make her proud. We will always speak her name.” Shiela and her husband, John, support the 2016 Rise Up and Run 5K/Walk Like MADD, presented by Northside Hospital, to help create a nation without drunk and drugged driving.
Can we count on you to help us end drunk and drugged driving?
Click here to register for the Rise Up and Run 5k/Walk Like MADD.
Do I have to register in order to participate?
Yes, we want to know you’re participating with us and need every participant to sign a standard waiver through their official registration. By signing up for this event and raising funds on behalf of MADD, you are making our families and community safer.
How do I start fundraising?
The best fundraising efforts start by sharing your personal story about why you're participating in the event. You can share your story by logging in to your participant center and editing your fundraising page. Once your page is personalized, share it with friends, family, and coworkers via email, social networking and word of mouth. Please visit the Participant Center for additional fundraising tips.
Once you raise $250, you can spread even more awareness with exclusive Walk Like MADD products earned by pushing your fundraising to new heights. Check out the 2016 Recognition Program to see the prizes available only to our most successful fundraisers.
Thank you so much for supporting Rise Up and Run 5k/Walk Like MADD! Because of you, we are one step closer to eliminating drunk driving – once and for all!
Rise Up and Run 5K/Walk Like MADD is Atlanta's Walk Like MADD event in 2016. It is the only large-scale, community-based activity that provides those personally impacted by drunk driving, and their network of supporters and friends, the opportunity to take steps to stop drunk driving in their community and nationwide.
Below are tips and tools to help you reach your fundraising goal: