It's a parent's worst nightmare-- the death of a child.
"I wake up every morning and I think of him and I go to bed every night and I think of him. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him," Tracey Hagerman said.
In 2008, 12-year-old Jason Hagerman died from injuries sustained during a freak forklift accident. A once active skateboarder, whose life was snatched away.
"He just had this wicked balancing talent and no matter where we went, everybody would be like whoa, look at that little kid," mom Tracey said.
But finding a place to skate in Claremont was a challenge. So the young boy and four of his friends got an idea. They raised money to build a new skate park.
"He was a part of that from the very beginning and right up until the day he came home and said, 'Mom, I got chosen to cut the ribbon the skateboard park opening day. And they said Tony Hawk might be there,'" Hagerman said.
Sadly, Hagerman died just months before that opening day. But his contribution to this community is not going away.
"I think it means exactly what I have written on his gravestone, which is, 'You will never be forgotten,'" Tracey said.
Next to the park, Jason's family is now raising money for a pavilion in his memory, a place to seek shelter from a storm.
"To me and my family, this is our tribute to him, as well as to our community. Not to forget him and to remember him for who he was and what he wanted and what he helped bring here," Tracey said.
The fundraising effort is about one-third of the way toward the $15,000 goal, fueled by a grieving mom's desire to give something back in her son's name.
If you want to donate to the fund:
Jason W. Hagerman Memorial Pavilion and mailed to:
JASON W. HAGERMAN MEMORIAL PAVILION C/O MAURICE AUTO AND TRUCK, INC 299 WASHINGTON STREET CLAREMONT, NH 03743
You can also donate by credit card by calling 603-542-7769.
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