Walter's Story

Story one – Walter Mikac, Founder of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation

"Early on when my grief was still strong and I couldn’t find sleep, I made a decision that my anger would not turn to hate. I decided that the perpetrator would not take any more from me. I vowed to use the catastrophe as a springboard to honour my family.

And so I focused on every good thing I could remember or I could find. I read all the letters that Alannah wrote to me, the pictures she drew, and I remembered the way that Maddie would follow her everywhere.

The games they would play when they visited me at my pharmacy on the way home from school and the things they would do to make Nanette and me laugh. I remembered the pure joy felt when we were all together. A love I was lucky to have and one bigger than many ever know.

I still have hard days – but I choose to passionately celebrate positive memories more than I commiserate negative events. I look for the good in the world, not the bad."

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