Flowers for Viviana’s Garden: keeping their daughter’s memory alive on Mother’s Day

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Viviana Pena had just graduated from Owego Free Academy when her life was tragically cut short in 2010 by a drunk driver, but her parents now keep her memory alive, one flower at a time.

“Viviana was a very happy girl. She loved everybody, she loved to play tennis,” said her father, Juan Pena. “She was a very good student, she was friend to everybody in the small village of Owego, New York.”

Pena and his wife Claudia sold flowers for Mother’s Day in Owego on Saturday and Johnson City on Sunday to raise money for the scholarship they created in honor of their daughter. They were grateful to have something to do on a painful day.

“I miss her a lot, and I miss everything that we do,” said Viviana’s mom, Claudia Aguilera-Pena. “We were very close. I’m sad you know? Everyday I remember her, so Mother’s Day is hard for me.”

Since their daughter’s passing, the Pena’s have partnered with New York’s Stop DWI program to raise awareness about the real-life consequences of driving drunk. Pena said he was happy that some good was able to come out of the darkest day of his life.

“After all this tragedy, I decided to do something good for the community, and keep our light alive,” he said Sunday.

Over the weekend, the Penas sold more than 200 baskets of flowers.

Josh Rosenblatt

Josh Rosenblatt

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