As we approach the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy
Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where on Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children
and six adults lost their lives, Eyewitness News will share a little
about each person's life and how their families are honoring their
The family of Dylan Hockley knew right away their son would continue changing lives even after his life was cut short.
His father, Ian, shares how Dylan's Wings of Change is helping other families one at a time.
"At times remembering is very hard because you remember how he died, what happened and what happened to all of the children," said Ian Hockley.
Six-year-old Dylan Hockley was his big brother's best friend.
"Together they were just buddies, Dylan would love to laugh," said Ian Hockley. "He had the sweetest laugh, he just wanted to be happy."
Ian's wife, Nicole, has become the spokesperson for Sandy Hook Promise, which is the group that announced days after the shooting they wanted real conversation about how to make sure this never happens again.
The Hockleys started Dylan's Wings of Change, which is a memorial fund solely dedicated to helping autistic children such as Dylan.
Ian Hockley explained the purpose of the foundation.
"I really want to see us help fund really solid research," he said. "I want templates or blueprints, so school can implement technology. A road map from we have nothing to we are fully implemented on all of our children are using this equipment."
Dylan's Wings of Change has focused this past year on fundraising. Ian Hockley ran in the Ragnar Relay Race in Massachusetts where he and a dozen others ran more than 200 miles relay-style.
"It's an amazing experience," Ian Hockley said
The team raised more than $20,000. Next summer, they want to raise even more money.
"We have a plan to put three teams in this year," Ian Hockley said.
Friday, December 13 2013 6:06 PM EST2013-12-13 23:06:17 GMT
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