TOPEKA, Kan – Earlier this week, a Kansas State University student was killed trying to help a stranger on a highway.
Since the girl was 3 years old, the family said Autumn Johnson knew she wanted to be a veterinarian.
“I said, you know you have to be very good at math and science, and she said, ‘OK,’” says Darlene Johnson, Autumn’s mother.
She is completing all of her college classes for college before she graduates from high school. To fulfill her childhood dream, the Alaskan native moved to Manhattan, Kansas to study veterinary medicine with the goal of becoming a surgical veterinarian.
At the age of 21, she had only 4 years of schooling before graduating from vet school. Then this weekend – tragedy struck.
Autumn was heading back to Manhattan after seeing her fiancé in Kansas City when she saw a wreck just off the interstate outside Topeka. Thu got out of the car to ask for help and was hit by the truck. She was taken to hospital but died later that day.
Her brother Alexander Johnson said: “One thing she always said was that in life you will have a turning point. “What is it, your birthday is the day you die. That dash is what happens between those days. She always tries her best to live life to the fullest to the best of her ability. ”
From my little time with her mother and brother, I can say Autumn is special. In her daily life, she shows kindness and forgiveness to everyone around her, including those she doesn’t know.
Now, her family is dealing with the loss of their beloved daughter and sister. Instead of resenting the time they’re no longer with Autumn, they’re choosing to move forward and advance her mission to help others in any way she can.
“I think she wants people to help and fulfill their dreams,” says Darlene. “If they wanted to help animals, if they wanted to be veterinarians, I think she would want them to do it, and not let anything stand in their way. To work hard and achieve that dream. ”
The family is considering setting up a memorial grant/scholarship in Autumn’s honor, allowing those who want to study animal science and help others achieve their dreams.
They have also set up a gofundme, you can check it out here.
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