CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – The parents of Chris Stewart are
raising money to makeover the press box at Shenendehowa High School in honor of
their late son.
Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers were killed in a car
accident on the Northway in December 2012. Bailey Wind and Matt Hardy survived the crash
but were severely injured.
The community has
supported the Stewart family ever since the accident.
"The community has been nothing short of spectacular for the
past year and three months now," Chris's dad, Mike, said.
The Stewarts are leading a fundraiser to renovate the old
Shenendehowa press box to thank everyone for their support and to keep their
son's memory alive. They plan to rename the box the Christopher Stewart Media
Chris was the 2012 football team captain, and Mike said he
would have loved the idea.
"To see his name somewhere within the Shen football stadium
and potentially having a press box named after him; he's gotta be smiling right
now," he said.
Chris's mom, Regina, said thinking of her son helps the
family to move forward.
"It's exciting for us, and we haven't had too much excitement
that really has made our hearts happy," she said.
Between fundraising and building, the Stewarts think the
modernized press box will be ready for the 2014-15 football season.
"We just appreciate every dollar that goes into it, and we
really look forward to the day we have the ribbon cutting and invite the public
to come and see what they've done," Regina said.
Dennis Drue, 24, was sentenced to five to 15 years in State Prison
for causing the accident. An investigation found Drue was high on marijuana,
drunk, speeding and texting during the time of the crash.
Regina said she hopes the new press box will is not only
about remembering Chris, but to also remind kids about the importance of making
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