In February 2015, best friends Molly Griffin and Emily Krieghoff were hit by a drunk driver while driving. Molly died and Emily survived.
Emily received life-saving care at Community Regional’s Level one Table Mountain Rancheria Trauma Center, and today, her mission is to carry on Molly’s legacy of kindness, for others to have a chance to Live Like Molly for a day.
Every day is a blessing for Emily, because the 28-year old almost lost her life in 2015.
“Molly and I went and visited her plot of land out in Copper River, and she was building a house, and we were just going to meet some friends at River Park and then we were just, we were hit by a drunk driver,” described Emily.
Emily was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center.
She said, “One of the biggest injuries was a thoracic aortic dissection, so I have a stent in my heart… I also had a traumatic brain injury which I still feel like affects my memory a little bit… I also had a right internal carotid dissection, punctured and collapsed lungs, broken pelvis, broken clavicle, broken ribs.”
But perhaps the most painful part of all was learning her best friend Molly had not survived the crash.
“Once I came to that realization, it was, it wasn’t fun. It was, it was kind of awful,” stated Emily.
Emily spent 26 days in the hospital. She credits her survival to the doctors, nurses, and medical staff.
“I’m so grateful, that place saved my life. They helped me get my life back together… I’m working full time and I’m finally back in school and I think i’m doing really well,” said Emily.
Today, Emily is going to school to become a nurse herself. She has also made it her mission to get everyone to Live Like Molly.
She said, “I just feel so sorry for the people that didn’t get to meet Molly because Molly’s just the most fantastic, kindest, she was brilliant, she’s beautiful. She was just one of the greatest souls I could have ever met.”
Live Like Molly Day is celebrated every August 26th in memory of Molly’s birthday. Molly’s family has encouraged people to perform random acts of kindness on that day, in honor of their daughter.
Emily said she hopes Live Like Molly Day grows bigger and bigger every year.
“We celebrate her life by performing random acts of kindness that day, so that’s just one way that we can live out her legacy of just being kind, like Molly was,” ended Emily.
Emily and the Griffin Family say they have forgiven the drunk driver, but Emily said she hopes this is a reminder that no one should ever drink and drive. If you would like to be a part of the life-changing work that takes place at Community Medical Centers, click here.