NEWBERRY CO., S.C. (WACH) — On Thursday, the family of Madden Madray released balloons with messages to the toddler. Those messages read, "we love you Madman" and "we miss you so much."
The 20-month-old boy died Saturday after being hit by a car on Macedonia Church Road.
"He was amazing. He was so bright," Bobbie Godfrey, Madden's mother, tells WACH FOX News.
Through their grief, Madden's parent's, Godfrey and Andrew Madray, found a way to give their son a legacy. They described their infant as "fearless" and say he loved sports. His first word after "Da-Da" was "ball."
"My baby will not go in vain. I will make a change for other families," Godfrey explains.
The couple started a petition to lower the speed limit on the road from 55 to 45.
"55 is too fast for these houses that are this close to the road," says a frustrated Godfrey, "I can only scream at so many cars a day.")
The mother and father say they hear the traffic every night, whipping past them.
"There needs to be a change because there are other families that are on this road," says Godfrey.
It only took a couple of days to collect more than 900 signatures on the petition.
Madray says they appreciates the support, "extreme amount of comfort. The community is all behind us."
Bobbie and Andrew also have the support of local lawmakers, Rep. Rick Martin tells WACH FOX that he will be making a request to the SCDOT to get the speed lowered on Friday.
"It feels amazing but until it's pushed, I won't stop until there's police officers patrolling this road and making sure we can live and live in peace every day," exclaims Godfrey, "I don't want to leave this house. My baby is all over this house so I wanna be here and I want to live in peace. I wanna be here and push through."
Click here for the petition.
Click here for the GoFundMe set up for the couple. They say the proceeds will go towards creating road signs in memory of Madden.