Near tragedy tests young love

February 28, 2014

(Photo courtesy of StoryCorps)
Drew Burke and Molly Timm

This week, our StoryCorps segment brings a special update.

The first time they came to the Chicago StoryCorps booth, Molly Timm and Drew Burke were in a long-distance relationship.

They’d never lived in the same city. They were full of joy and hope for their first summer together in Chicago.

Drew and Molly returned to StoryCorps to fill us in on what happened next, because it wasn’t part of their plan.

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. This excerpt was edited by WBEZ.

MOLLY: We planned July to be an adventure.

DREW: An experience

MOLLY: An experience to see how well we could handle being in the same place at the same time for more than a weekend.

DREW: I was grocery shopping … and I got outside and I got a phone call from you. Your parents were in a bad motorcycle accident that day.

To hear about how the couple handled this tough time (and how Molly’s Dad tried to talk Drew into busting him out of rehab after the accident), listen to the audio above.

Lynette Kalsnes is a reporter/producer covering religion, culture and science at WBEZ. Follow her @LynetteKalsnes.