Diena Thompson is a mother of five who was thrust into a mission
to protect our children from the threat of predators when she
lost the “Sunshine of her life,” 7-year-old Somer Thompson, on
October 19, 2009 to a pedophile. Diena has made it her mission to
draw attention to the dangers that none of us believed could happen
in an American neighborhood on a walk home from school. It is now her passion
to make sure NO family ever has to experience the pains she continues to feel, and
has dedicated herself to bringing awareness to the importance of safety education.
Diena, with the help of a friend, Bobby Ingram, of the band Molly Hatchet, launched
The Somer Thompson Foundation in the Spring of 2010 in an effort to shed a bright
light on the darkness that is the life of those who would prey upon our children. Diena
has been tireless in bringing the message of childhood safety through her numerous
appearances on The Today Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell and Doctor Drew, to name just
a few. Diena has also successfully lobbied the Florida legislature when proposed cuts
to the Cyber Crimes Division were being considered. By putting her face and story before
the legislators, those budget cuts were averted and hopefully, many of Florida’s
children are now safer because of her efforts.
Diena joined the United States Air Force after high school to serve in the Security Police
force. Her service was cut short by the birth of her first child and until October 19,
2009, she served as a mother and provider for her children. After October 19, 2009,
Diena assumed her current role as a voice against predators and pedophiles and an
advocate for empowering our children to recognize and combat these evil forces
that would harm them. Diena has been trained in the RadKids program as a certified
instructor to empower our children against the demons who walk among them.
Diena’s life’s work is in its’ infancy and she realizes that achievement of that work
will be hard to measure since stopping tragic events don’t make the headlines as the
unstopped events do. Her goals fuel her to continue in a quest to secure the future for
a child but hopefully, many children. To find out more about Diena and her foundation,