BOSWELL, Ind. (WLFI) — Three months ago looked tragically different for a family in Boswell.
Natalie Ramos, 18, was killed in a semi-crash on State Road 352. Since then, the family has been working to keep her memory alive with a movement.
The movement is called the "Nanny Wave." Ramos’ family gave her the nickname Nanny when she was a little girl.
“Losing a child is probably the worst thing I've ever had to deal with in my life,” said Carrie Vessels, Natalie’s mother.
Vessels first became concerned when she found out her daughter's cell phone location was pinging at the site of a terrible accident.
“I called 911 and I could tell she couldn't tell me anything,” said Vessels. “She said the cops would get a hold of me if it was Natalie.”
Wondering became reality when the officers showed up at her home.
“They walked over to me and they said I'm sorry that your daughter's been hit,” said Vessels.
“I just started screaming Nanny, Nanny, hoping she would hear me and come back.”
It's been a difficult two months for the family. Ramos leaves behind her parents and five sisters, including her identical twin Nikole.
“She was kind, loving, funny, she brought the party wherever she went,” said Vessels.
Vessels said her love for helping others is what sparked the "Nanny Wave." The movement was created for people to be inspired to perform acts of kindness.
“The cards are, no act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted. If you do something and you receive one you're supposed to pass it on and do something for someone else and then it just keeps going and going and going,” said Vessels.
The family runs the "Nanny Wave" Facebook Page, where people can go to share their stories.
It's seen a lot of interest already.
“People put things that they've done and I see that and it makes me feel good,” said Vessels. “People ask for them in Canada, the UK all over the country people have seen them, they want them.”
Watching her legacy live on through others has been healing.
“Anything to remember, I don't ever want her forgotten,” said Vessels.
Ramos was set to graduate from Benton Central high-school this year. The "Nanny Wave" is one of many ways the family is keeping Natalie's memory alive.
They're also planning to honor her at graduation and create a memorial float for her on the fourth of July. We will continue following the family's journey in months to come.
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