Today, Peyton is a freshman at Duke University and still watches her mother's tapes. "When I was younger, I watched them a lot more. And as I've gotten older, they're a lot harder to watch," she says. "The more I see the tapes, I realize, 'Wow, I had an incredible mom.' And it makes me really sad because I only got to be her daughter for six years. But at the same time, I'm so thankful."

Peyton says her mom's tapes came in handy when she had questions about dating. "I wanted some girl talk. I couldn't necessarily go to [my dad] for," she says. "But she had a lot of good advice about boys and just being a good listener and dressing classy and leaving stuff up to the imagination and playing hard to get. So stuff like that was really helpful."

Erin's legacy is also helping other college students like Peyton reach their potential. After her death, Doug set up the ETK Encouragement Foundation to give scholarships to students who show courage and perseverance against extraordinary obstacles. "One of our recipients, who came over with his family from Mexico and lived under a bridge with his siblings and then made it forward, we got him a scholarship. He is now an assistant dean at [Southern Methodist University]. And now if you get a 3.0 as a scholarship recipient, you get a full ride to SMU," Doug says. "These kids are a living legacy, and they are giving back, and it goes on and on."

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