3rd Annual Stop For Nikhil Run/Walk - September 22nd, 2013

After the torrential rain the night before and a forecast for more showers in the morning, the sun came out and was shining on more than 600 people that were in attendance at the 3rd annual STOP For Nikhil Run/Walk on September 22. The Foundation raised approximately $50,000 which will further our efforts to promote traffic safety, and provide music lessons to talented underserved children and academic scholarships to graduating seniors in West Orange. The event is held every year to promote traffic safety and to remember and honor those who died from motor vehicle crashes or have been seriously injured.

The West Orange High School Track course was a sea of green with several hundred people wearing Kiwi green T-shirts designed by a local artist Kim Scheib. The Mistress of Ceremonies, Marci Echeverria, kicked off the ceremony by informing the participants about the various activities being held at the event with the perfect mix of wit and spontaneity.

West Orange Mayor, Robert Parisi, introduced the keynote speaker James Simpson, Commissioner of NJ Department of Transportation. Mr. Simpson shared some statistics about the fatalities from motor vehicle crashes and how organizations such as Nikhil Badlani Foundation are making a difference. Anay Badlani, brother of Nikhil Badlani led the participants on the "Safety Pledge to Nikhil". Sunil and Sangeeta, parents of Nikhil Badlani thanked the people for their support and shared the accomplishments of the Foundation. Gabe Hurly, a 28- year old young man, a survivor of a serious car crash, was awarded the 2013 Nikhil Badlani Foundation Inspiration award for his determined spirit, will to create and the light of hope he shares with the world.

Numerous high-profile organizations, focused on teen driving safety, were present at the event. The NJ Teen Safe Driving Coalition, the Brain Injury Alliance of NJ, Traffic Officers Association of Essex County, which provides traffic safety enforcement and education, Students Against Distracted Driving (SADD), and Drive Safer, a revolutionary program that focuses on saving lives by teaching critical car control and defensive driving skills to teens and parents. Attendees lined up to try their hands at the AT&T's "It Can Wait" Driving Simulator, a video game like setup, that allows the people to experience the dangers of texting while driving.

Following the run and walk, a series of fun sprint dashes for younger children were held on the football field, as well as a toddler "Power Wheels" safe driving course. Live music was performed by The New Black. Gabe Hurley is the lead guitarist of the New Black. The event concluded with an award ceremony for top finishers in each age group for males and females. Congratulations!!

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The 4th Annual Stop For Nikhil Run/Walk will be held on September 21, 2014 at WOHS.
Registration opens on May 1, 2014.

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