'Educate and Equip': Niceville parents turn tragedy to charity in DeFuniak

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 04:18 PM.

"They're also lightweight and breathable, so it feels like part of your T-shirt," he said. "If we would've known they were available, my son would've worn them."

On Tuesday, Walton Middle School was the latest recipient of the rib shields. After Walton High School raised half of the funds to be outfitted in EvoShields, there was money left to provide for another school. The rib shield's retail cost is $89.99.

" Walton High School raised $3,000 at a football player fashion show," Brian said. "That's the first time a school has done that. So we elected to pay it forward as a thank you to the school."

Freeport Middle School is the only Walton County school that has not yet been outfitted with EvoShield gear. Brian said that through the Taylor Haugen Foundation, they will continue with the YESS program as long as God will allow.

"My wife likes to say if we can better protect one kid, we've made a difference," he said. "We want parents to be educated and prepared."

For more information, visit http://taylorhaugen.org/ 

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