My name was Lina. I was only 20 years old when an absurd accident took my life while I was rafting on the Wolf River.
I loved life and nature, and I had a special passion for children. I wanted to become a third grade teacher, so after
I graduated from Middleton High School, I enrolled at
UW-Oshkosh and was about to start my junior year. Once
I graduated, my goal was to teach kids and encourage them to build a better world. After my sudden departure, my beloved family decided to take three actions:
The petition our family began after the tragic passing of Lina drew the attention of legislatures, media groups, sectors of Wisconsin’s tourism industry and the public in general. On June 20th, 2014—close to two years after the tragedy—Lina’s family announces that Lina’s Law has become a reality. Thanks to the tremendous support from Wisconsin’s Representative Dianne Hesselbein and her office, Jonathan Bogatay (CEO of the North Central Group), Jennifer Hoff (News anchor and reporter of WISC TV), family and friends, the Menominee Indian Tribe Legislation implemented common sense rafting safety regulations at the Wolf River. We hope that these measures will prevent further accidents in the future. You can read the law here.
My family’s goal is to create a lifetime College Scholarship in order to help Elementary Education Students who, like me, care for kids and dream of a better world. For detailed information about the scholarship, view this pdf or visit the scholarship website. You can also make a direct donation to the fund by clicking the button below. *Please note: Specify Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship in the Gift Allocation Notes text box.Donate
Finally, my family wishes to promote an annual 5K race/walk in my hometown of Middleton, WI, which, besides being a funding source towards the scholarship, will be a tribute to my memory. More information can be found on our Facebook page.Register now
“Don't let the world change your smile, let your smile
change the world.”