MMA Fighter Marcus Kowal’s Fight for Zero Tolerance on Drunk Driving


Becoming a father was the greatest moment in Marcus Kowal’s life. “When my baby Liam was born on the 25th of May, 2015, it was the happiest day of my life. Nothing compared to becoming a father.”

But on Sept. 3, 2016, the MMA fighter’s life changed forever. “We lost our son to the hands of a drunk driver,” he recalls, “It wasn’t a criminal. It wasn’t a thug. It was a 72-year-old woman with no prior arrests.”

The legacy of pain:

He doesn’t have a grudge against the woman who killed his son, but he wants her to see the consequences of her actions. “I want to tell her that I am not angry at her,” says Kowal, “I do not feel any hatred towards her. However, I want her to feel our pain. I want her to look me in the eyes and see what her reckless decision that day has caused.”

Though devastated, Kowal and his wife saw the opportunity to use their tragedy as a message to help end drunk driving once and for all. “We had our son’s funeral on a Monday,” he says, “Tuesday morning, at 6 a.m., we met with a lawyer to set up our non-profit, Liam’s Life, to carry on his legacy.”

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