It's been a very difficult year and a half for Gina Rogers and Debora Wagner.
"You have days that you get up a little easier than others, but I literally still sit there and wait for Brett to walk through the door," Debora says.
Christmas 2011, their sons Josh and Brett and a friend were headed to the store at the intersection of Rye Road and State Road 64 in Bradenton. A driver who failed to yield the right of way hit Josh's truck. It flipped and Brett and Josh were ejected. Neither boy survived the accident.
"Every day is a struggle. It's not a day that goes by that we don't feel pain, hurt, loss," said Josh's mom Gina Rogers.
It's pain that could have been avoided if the boys had been wearing their seat belts. The friend who was with Josh and Brett survived the accident because he did have his seat belt on.
It is something that has haunted their moms so much, they are trying to get the word out that seat belts can save lives.
"We want to make people who do not buckle up make this a habit so like no big deal, like putting your shoes on," Debora said.
They started an organization called B.U.B.B.A. It stands for "Buckle Up For B-Swag For BUBBA." It's their nick names.
"We are trying to educate communities , bring it to the schools, bring it to community leaders, to get people to change their daily habits," said Debora said.
Gina and Debora especially want to target teenagers and remind them it only takes a second to put on your seatbelt -- a second that can change families forever.
"We can't get Josh and Brett back, but in their memory and in their honor, we will do everything we can to protect other children and other lives," Gina said.
For more information: www.bubbasaveslives.org
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