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Metro-Atlanta Widow Writes Essay in Memory of Heroic Husband
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SHARPSBURG, Ga -- A Coweta County widow is using her husband's memory in an effort to help hundreds of students.

Eva Fegarido will readily admit that writing an essay is not her favorite way to pass the time. Her effort at the keyboard was an inspiration of the heart, dedicated to the son who wouldn't be by her side if not for the heroic husband she lost just last month.

"He did the impossible," said 11-year-old Joey Fegarido. "He would do everything to protect his kids and his wife."

He gave his life to prove that.

"Joel Fegarido and his family were wrapping up a Wyoming vacation in July. Joey was wading in the Snake River when he was swept away. His father, an avid kayaker and fisherman, bravely jumped in. He saved Joey, but not himself.

"I promised Joey and Jamie (their daughter) after this I would do everything in the same way their dad would," said Eva Fegarido.

One of Joel's passions was his son's school, Shoal Creek Adventist School in Sharpsburg. Less than a month after losing her husband, Eva decided to enter an on-line contest aimed at winning ten laptop computers for Shoal Creek.

It meant writing that essay, which she really didn't want to do. But, she knew Joel would have.

"There's a big hole without him," said Eva. "We know what he would want to have done, and we're going to do it."

So, with her grief, her heart, and a keyboard, Eva Fegarido is remembering her husband. She's helping her son's school, because that's what her husband would have done.

"He was the best guy I could ever think of," said Joey.

To help select the school that will win the laptop computers, go towww.charter.com, go to the vote now button near the bottom right of the page. You'll find Shoal Creek on a  list of favorite schools.

You can also read Eva Fegarido's essay there.

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