INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 20, 2014) - It's National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, and for one local mother, it’s a cause that’s close to her heart.
Dawn Finbloom’s son lost his life to alcohol, and on Monday, she joined state officials and others on a mission to raise awareness about a recent state law that could save other students in the future.
Finbloom joined State Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, and Attorney General Greg Zoeller at Butler University to talk about her son, Brett.
The Carmel teen died in 2012 at the age of 18, after drinking too much at a party.
“He drank too much, too fast,” said Finbloom. “The central nervous system shut down after two and a half days on life support, Brett was declared brain dead.”
It happened just a month after Indiana's Lifeline law went into effect, giving teens immunity from underage drinking charges if they have to call for help.
“We wish that Brett`s friends had known about the lifeline law and that they had made the call immediately,” said Finbloom.
And that's why Brett's parents have been raising awareness about the law so it doesn't happen to someone else.
“They share their heart every single time and it`s hard on them,” said Michele Whelchel of the Indiana Youth Services Association.
“It really is difficult,” said Finbloom. “Sometimes people will say, ‘It must help to go and talk about it,’ but I can’t really say that it does help me a lot to go and talk because it is very difficult, but I know that it’s important so that’s why we do it.”
And this week they're making sure their message hits home--a message they've been sharing more and more on social media, and even on ads for music services like Pandora.
“It's a unique way to get the word out,” said student Hannah Meinen. “I think it’s very important.”
“Many incoming students do not know about the law or don’t fully understand what it is,” said student Chase Keirn.
For more information on the law, you can visit the Indiana Youth Services Association’s web site.