ARLINGTON, Va. (WNEW) — It’s been more than a year since an Arlington woman was struck and killed by a dump truck as she was putting her child into the car.

Now, her grieving husband is honoring her legacy by helping the most precious lives.

It was a dream that began before Jennifer Bush-Lawson’s life suddenly ended in front of an elementary school in February of last year. Her husband Neil Lawson says she felt a calling to help.

“Low-income mothers and babies in need who don’t have the traditional access to healthcare that most of us enjoy,” Lawson says.

Lawson said his wife struggled during all three of her three pregnancies — each child winding up in intensive care after being born prematurely. Thankfully, they are now all healthy.

“We were both very grateful for the excellent medical care we received at the Virginia Hospital Center,” Lawson says.

The Jennifer Bush-Lawson foundation launched this week and under-privileged mothers are already benefiting in Northern Virginia. Neil Lawson said the foundation is taking memories and creating a legacy worthy of what an incredible person his wife was.

Jennifer Bush-Lawson, 39, was killed when she was hit by a dump truck while putting her youngest child into her car seat in front of her son’s school on Feb. 24 of 2014. Police say she suffered serious injuries when she was struck by the commercial dump truck and was transported to Fairfax Hospital, where she later died.

WNEW’s Chuck Carroll contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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