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|Joe, Merritt and Hunter Levitan - Summer 2012|
|On July 3, 2013, our family lost our vivacious, beautiful, brilliant and talented daughter Merritt (center) to a young driver who was texting-behind-the-wheel. Merritt was 18, had just graduated from Milton Academy and was on a cross country bike trip to celebrate her summer before entering college at Colgate later that fall. |
Our worlds changed irrevocably on that tragic summer day five years ago.
To honor Merritt's life and legacy - and because she was so worthy - our family created the Merritt's Way Fund to save and change lives.
The Merritt's Way Fund and Team Merritt's Way supports two initiatives in honor of our daughter Merritt:
TEXTLESS LIVE MORE
TextLess Live More is a national education and awareness campaign to end distracted driving permanently; educate young people about the real dangers of driving distracted; and prevent tragic crashes associated with driving distracted.
Since its founding in 2013 by Merritt's friends at Milton Academy, TextLess Live More has been presented to thousands of young people around the United States and received national press and recognition for its education and awareness initiatives to end distracted driving permanently.
In April 2018, TextLess Live More became a national partner with SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, the nation's preeminent youth health and safety organization.
Merritt Levitan Scholarship Fund at TEEP
The Merritt Levitan Scholarship at TEEP provides critical funding for character and leadership building for Boston's inner city high school youth. TEEP is supported by the Trinity Boston Foundation.
On behalf of my wife Anna and our children Hunter (now 21) and Joe (now 19), we thank you for supporting my ride, Team Merritt's Way and these two important, life-altering initiatives.
We ride for Merritt. We ride to save lives. We ride to change lives.