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How could she have survived?


I didn’t have a playbook at all. Nobody told me on February 15th to go on CNN and yell at the president to do something and to take action. I just did it.”

Summary of what we talk about in the episode:

  • Who was Alyssa Alhadeff?

  • What happened in Parkland on February 14th 2018

  • How does a stay-at-home mom change the law?

  • What could help prevent school shootings (or help stop them earlier)?


In more words:

It should have been a peaceful day. Valentine’s Day. School was nearly over. And then the unthinkable happened…

The day Alyssa Alhadeff and sixteen other souls died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, everything turned upside down. It shook a nation – once more. It left a scar in Parkland’s oh-so-peaceful community. And it altered Lori Alhadeff’s forever.

On February 13th 2018, she had been a stay-at-home mum of three. On February 15th, darkest grief had remade her into a fierce fighter on a national stage. Turning her grief into action, Lori became a relentless change-maker. Today, she needs two secretaries to organize her busy, public life.

“Now I’m Alyssa’s voice and I know that the tragedy happened, but we have to make a change moving forward.”

Through their non-profit organisation “Make Our Schools Safe”, Lori and Ilan Alhadeff seek to prevent other parents from having to endure the pain of losing a child to a school shooting.


Helpful resources if you want to understand what exactly happened at Marjory Stoneman High School on Feb 14th 2018:

Lori Alhadeff | WHYLD Podcast Episode 47

Lori Alhadeff

photo courtesy of Lori Alhadeff

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