Benefit for "Erin's Crossings" Foundation

October 11, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 11, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM EDT

AMHERST, NY (WKBW ) - 13-year-old Erin Suszynski died over the summer. Her mother and father are starting a foundation to prevent a similar tragedy from happening to another family.

They are still grieving over the death of their daughter, feelings they know will never go away, but they're hoping to make a difference. All in Erin's name.

"Erin's Crossings" is being formed, to honor the eighth grader, after she and a friend were struck by a car while walking to the Maple East playground on Maple road in Amherst. her friend survived with injuries, but Erin died days later.

There is no crosswalk at that intersection.

Now, her mom and dad want to help build pedestrian crossings to and from playgrounds, something they say Erin, would be doing today if she survived.

"I think it would be on the top of her list something like this. Because she loved to go over there," said John Suszynski.

"She would be the biggest cheerleader of this -- she would just be, 'We have to do it! We have to do it!' And she would push and she would push and she would push," said Mary Suszynski.

The benefit for "Erin's Crossings" will be held this Sunday at Samuel's Grande Manor in Clarence from Noon to 4 P.M., tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.

The family's ultimate goal: A state law requiring crosswalks in front of every playground in New York.