BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – A freak accident in 2018 claimed the life of a woman who grew up in Vermont, but her family turned that tragedy into a mission to share her passion — sparking kindness in others.

“It was a long-standing joke — the rivalries between Essex and Colchester,” said Mike Riordan, who met the love of his life his senior year at Essex High School. Jennifer attended Colchester High, but competition between the two schools couldn’t keep them apart. “Colchester High School was extremely important to Jennifer. Her letterman jacket is still in her closet, still remains in our closet today.”

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