At 29, Rachel D'Avino found her life's purpose. A gift for working with special needs children that landed her an internship Sandy Hook Elementary.
At first Rachel's family including sister Sarah and her mom Mary did not know how they would survive the loss. They found relief in Rachel's favorite charity, Autism Speaks.
Mary and Sarah flew to Tampa this week to walk in Saturday's Autism Speaks fundraiser in Rachel's memory.
The D'Avinos say many of those touched by the tragedy are working with various causes and starting foundations. For Mary it is a life line from the grief.
Rachel's family fears another Sandy Hook in spite of tighter gun control and expanded back ground checks in their state. They worry more about the lack of resources for the mentally ill.
For now the D'Avinos will lean on each other, Rachel's legacy and the letters and prayers that have poured into their home from around the world to survive their loss.
To learn more about Autism Speaks or to support Rachel's Dream Team check out this link.