Age 24 , Virginia
Our daughter was a tenacious journalist, full of promise as a reporter and anchor in Roanoke, Virginia, before she was senselessly gunned down during a live news segment in August, 2015. Alison was an amazing force of nature. She was caring and ambitious. She had her dream job, and a boyfriend whom she adored. She was only 24 years old and had a long and promising career ahead of her.
She was also a devoted and accomplished dancer and loved performing on stage. In fact, for Alison, all the world was a stage. She worried that without passionate support, there would be fewer dance recitals, symphony concerts and theater performances that are accessible and affordable in rural areas, and fewer opportunities for all children to experience the arts. As devastated as we are without Alison, she would want her life remembered in celebration.