Friday, April 15, 2022
7:00 – 8:30 AM
YMCA of Indiana County
On Sale Now:
$15 a person thru April 9 (includes breakfast)
$20 a person April 10-15 (includes breakfast)
$10 a person for a virtual ticket
Renee Napier Lord
President, the Meagan Napier Foundation
On May 11, 2002, Meagan Napier and her friend Lisa Jo Dickson were killed by drunk driver Eric Smallridge. One decision, one moment in time, and many lives were irreversibly changed. The driver was sentenced to 22 years in prison. The families of the girls had to figure out how to live again.
In the midst of grieving the loss of her daughter, Renée (Napier) Lord came to forgive Eric. She then led a successful campaign to have his sentence changed to 11 years and, in turn, Eric decided to make something positive out of his tragic mistake.
In 2004, Renée began her journey giving DUI presentations at a multitude of venues, including high schools, colleges, military bases, churches, prisons, treatment centers and the NFL. In April 2010, Eric was granted permission to join Renée in her speaking campaign. While still an inmate bound by shackles, Eric captured the audience by boldly recounting the crash and his life in prison. Renée and Eric conclude the presentation with a compelling embrace.
In 2012 Contemporary Christian Singer/Songwriter Matthew West wrote and released the song “Forgiveness” inspired by Renée’s story and on November 26, 2012, Eric was released from prison.
Eric continues to join Renée in her presentations. Hundreds of thousands of people have heard Renée and Eric share about the impact of his decision to drink and drive and the healing power of forgiveness.
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