East Tenn. family at center of guardrail campaign now helping others adopt

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WATE) - An East Tennessee family hopes to inspire others to make a difference for little ones who may not have a family of their own.

The Eimers' 17-year-old daughter Hannah was killed when her car went off the interstate, hitting a guardrail. Since then, the family has pushed for serious change from Nashville all the way to Washington DC to remove the guardrail system they believe killed their daughter.

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Now they're sharing their youngest son's adoption story and how Hannah is still helping children in need.

Her brother Nicholas was born on March 11 of this year, but their parents say well before that, Hannah was his advocate, encouraging her parents to help a family friend by adopting.

"He's kind of like a rainbow baby, an awful lot of tears but he's so bright that he creates that rainbow of hope," said Stephen Eimers.

The Eimers say Hannah's hope was always focused on children without a family and it was her savings for a car that helped pay for her little brother's adoption fees.

"His name Nicholas, that was a name that we all liked, but it's also a variation on Hannah's middle name," said Stephen Eimers.

This Christmas, through Hannah's Memorial Fund, they hope to give another gift.

"We need people to step up and bring hope to one more," said Stephen Eimers.

The Eimers want to match up to $250 for 10 families in the process of adoption.

"You have to take that first step and if we can empower or take away a little bit of that fear to take that first step, that second step is a whole lot easier," said Stephen Eimers.

Just like Nicholas is figuring out how to walk, they want families across East Tennessee to know that figuring out how to embrace these children isn't hard.

"None of this makes sense but I feel blessed," said Eimers.

To learn more about the memorial fund and find ways to donate, you can contact the Eimers family at

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