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Stratford Walk Raises Funds, Awareness Of Drinking And Driving Dangers

Participants in the 2014 Wayne's Walk fundraiser stroll along the path named in Wayne Lecardo's honor at Short Beach Park in Stratford. Photo Credit: Wayne's Walk Foundation
Wayne Lecardo, a 34-year-old Stratford native, was killed in 2007 by a drunken driver. This boulder marks the path that Lecardo liked to walk on near his childhood home. Every year. a foundation set up in his honor holds a fundraiser there. Photo Credit: Wayne's Walk Foundation/Facebook

STRATFORD, Conn. -- Hundreds of people turned out on a recent sunny Saturday to remember a Stratford resident killed by a drunken driver and to raise money for other victims, according to a report by the Stratford Star.

Wayne Lecardo and co-worker John Geise both died in 2007 in Groton after their car was struck head-on by one driven by a highly intoxicated 16-year-old boy, the Stratford Star reported.

A foundation, set up in Lecardo’s honor, drew about 200 participants in the 6th annual Wayne’s Walk fundraiser at Short Beach Park, a recreation area near his childhood home on Riverdale Drive, the Stratford Star story said.

The 5K walk included music, food, beverages, race painting, a bounce house, and a silent auction.

It was sponsored by numerous organizations and businesses such as The Home Depot, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Dunkin Donuts and the town itself.

According to its website, the foundation’s mission is to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.

It promotes activities and educational programs and helps support victims and their families emotionally and financially.

The foundation, which is headed by Lacardo’s best friend, Darin Bershefsky, praised the Stratford man for his kindness and generosity.

“Wayne’s perspective was truly unique,” its mission’s statement said.

Bershefsky himself was nearly killed by a drunk driver.

Just a few hours before the 34-year-old's funeral, Bershefsky and two other friends were hit by a someone whose license had been suspended because of previous DWI arrests, Bershefsky said on the foundation’s website.

The walk, the foundation said, represents “a memorial with a message.”

To read The Stratford Star story, click here.

For more information about the foundation, visit its website at www. .

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