By: Diane Benjamin
Update to this story: https://blnnews.com/2018/05/17/what-about-dale/
Dale Nelson was riding his bike with two friends when he was hit by a drunk driver. August 21st is the first anniversary of his death.
Dale’s eyes were donated to a blind boy in Michigan.
Dale’s kidneys were donated to two people, a true gift of life.
A large group on Facebook wanted to do something to remember Dale since he wasn’t included on the memorial bench at Normal West. No, I was not leading the effort!
One person suggested a large rock instead of a bench. That guy went ahead and donated a rock and an inscription for it. I believe in this picture it hadn’t been powder-coated yet:
The problem now is Parks and Rec at the City of Bloomington have not given permission to place the rock anywhere. Dale’s mom told me Dale loved Miller Park and Forrest Park.
The anniversary of Dale’s death is fast approaching. The group hopes the rock can be placed somewhere in time to remember Dale this year.
This story has every element needed to make it something the City should do:
- Dale died way too young because he was riding a bike
- Dale was hit by a drunk driver, the rock can remind people not to drink and drive
- Dale was an organ donor, his short life needs to not be forgotten
The Bloomington City Council can pass a resolution allowing the rock to be placed in either Miller or Forrest Park in time for the anniversary. Dale’s mom wants to do a balloon release that day.
If you agree that Dale should not be forgotten, please contact your Alderman.
Contact info here: http://www.cityblm.org/government/city-council