By ANN BURKE
RIPR – It's every parent's worst fear: the middle-of-the-night phone call or the knock on the front door that's followed by the delivery of bad news. Very bad news. Fortunately, most parents never have to live this nightmare. Sadly, and all too often, parents who want to believe that bad news is part of a terrifying dream learn that, indeed, the worst has happened. With remarkable strength, Ann Burke tells us what she has come to believe as a parent who has endured what no parent should have to endure.
Ann Burke, a recently retired school nurse and health teacher, is the founder and President of the Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund, whose mission is to prevent dating and domestic violence through education. She is also a co-founder of the Love is Not Abuse Coalition.