On the night of April 13, Jodi Bales probably won’t get much sleep. She’ll be taking care of details for the One More Day 5K, a race honoring the memory of her daughter Alicia Nicholson, who was killed by someone texting while driving. (Register for One More Day 5k.) Within two months, Jodi had turned her grief and pain into the One More Day Foundation, a name that came out of a conversation with her son just days after his sister's death.
The Foundation’s motto: Be Preventive, Drive Attentive.
Strength to share story
“I feel like Alicia is giving me the strength to do this,” Jodi says. “I love sharing her story in the hopes that I might save someone else’s life. I don’t want anyone to have to live through this life of pain. She has two little girls who will never know their mother because of a text message.”
Jodi describes her daughter as a “strong, determined young lady.” At age 23, Alicia was married with two children and getting ready to graduate from college. On the day she lost her life, Alicia was driving to Bethany Village to finalize paperwork prior to beginning a new job on campus.
The news of her death rocked associates and residents at the community where Jodi works as a clinical scheduler and her son works in the Wellness Center.
Educating area youth
In addition to the 5K, Jodi presents regularly at area schools and events on the dangers of distracted driving, is a member of the Pennsylvania Teen Safe Driving Coalition, and recently received a state grant to hold events airing a video on safe driving.
At her presentations, Jodi asks attendees to download an app that silences your phone while driving. Those who do are entered into raffles for gift cards and other prizes.
She wants to make sure people understand that driving while texting is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
“I have strong faith, so I know I will be with Alicia one day, and of course her girls keep me going, too,” Jodi says. “This is my way to deal with my loss.”