NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville man is making great strides to help prevent future school shootings.
Robbie Bruce was inspired by the devastating school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14.
An avid runner, Bruce came up with idea for the 26.4.26 run to honor the 20 children and 6 adults killed in the massacre and raise money for the victims’ families.
On December 22, more than 1,000 runners participated at LP Field and raised $30,000.
Bruce has now decided to take his mission one step further with the creation of the 26.4.26 Foundation.
“I know that [teachers] work so hard and would do anything to protect those kids,” Bruce told Nashville’s News 2, adding, “I think that it’s about time that somebody has a voice maybe outside of [the schools] that maybe doesn’t so much have to do with the politics to make a change and to do something going forward to make sure that never happens ever again.”
Bruce has busy brainstorming ideas to raise awareness about the warning signs of school shootings, coming up with ideas to support teachers around the country and ways to help the families and victims of such tragedies.
Most importantly, as the father of a seven-year-old, Bruce is hoping to prevent another community from dealing with such a heartbreaking loss.
He said, “No one ever wants to have that feeling of that you can’t protect your child if something happens in a school that you just can’t do anything about it.”
Bruce will be delivering the $30,000 check to the Newtown community on January 19 and is already helping to plan a 26.4.26 run in Gilford, New Hampshire in April.
For more information, visit 26For26run.com.