Spread Your Wings Walk keeps teen's memory alive
BAYSIDE - A North Shore mom is passionate about keeping her son's memory alive. The teen from Fox Point died four years ago in a car crash in Winnebago County.
Karen Behl battled through tears to read a poem she wrote for her son.
"None more precious, Michael, then your smile that you always brought to my heart," Karen read.
Family, friends, teachers and buddies from Nicolet High School listened in the crowd just before stepping off on the third annual Spread Your Wings Walk in memory of Michael Janasik.
"You have a choice of two things," Karen told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. "You can either be bitter or you can move forward and plug away and do things that are positive. That's what today is for us."
At just 18-years-old, Mike was the passenger in a car. Authorities say the driver was drunk when he crashed, fled and left Mike to die.
The annual walk is about the celebrating the good times.
"We should just remember Mike and what he did," said Mike's younger brother, Rob Behl. "He's one of the funniest guys I ever knew."
This walk at Ellsworth Park raised money for the Fox Point-Bayside Education Foundation. It raised awareness for organ donation.
"He donated his organs," Karen said. "Five people are alive because of him. He was 18. It was his choice to do that on his license."