Mother of toddler killed in crash starts non-profit

Kemberly Richardson has the story.
November 26, 2013 5:20:37 PM PST
A mother whose son was killed in a horrific accident in Brooklyn now has a new mission in life. She's using her pain to help others going through similar circumstances.

"I'll take the broken legs, brain damage, take everything, losing my son is what hurts most," said Wendy McLean, the founder of

Wendy McLean now spends her days learning to walk again.

"I feel my child is pushing me, 'Mom get up, wake up, you've got to do this, mommy you've got to go,'" McLean said.

Her son, 2-year-old son Denim, was an outgoing little boy, whose life was violently cut short.

Wendy was walking hand in hand with Denim on Utica Avenue in March, when an out of control vehicle slammed into the pair. Seven others were also hit.

Wendy was critically injured, so severely hurt, friends waited to tell her, that her only child was dead.

"I am here on earth without my best friend, I still can't believe it. You ever see when a tiger, the image of a tiger that they used, ripped up, I'm ripped up like that on the inside," McLean said.

For nearly three months, the Spring Creek Rehab and Nursing Center has been Wendy's home.

Jason not only considers himself Wendy's therapist but good friend.

"Her determination has made me re-examine myself and made me think about doing more things in my life," said Jason Bamby, a therapist at Spring Creek Rehab and Nursing Center.

To honor Denim, Wendy is holding a concert on Sunday on what would have been his third birthday.

Through her nonprofit,, this mother filled with unwavering strength is determined, and committed, to do more.

"That's my oxygen tank, keeps me alive, helping other children, helping other parents that went through or are going through what I went through," McLean said.

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