ATLANTA - High school football practice is safer in Georgia this summer, but at a price.
"I feel like I deserve and DJ deserves for the coaches to tell the truth, tell the truth, so we can help others," Michelle Searcy told an Atlanta news conference on Tuesday.
One year after her 16-year-old son died, she's still waiting for answers.
DJ was a rising senior at Georgia's Fitzgerald High School when he collapsed from heat exhaustion on August 2, 2011 during a summer training camp in neighboring Florida.
Now his parents, Michelle and Carlton Searcy, have served notice that they intend to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Ben Hill County.
"I know that if I can save one, I hope more than one, just one, then maybe I can continue," his mother said as she fought back tears.
The Searcy's were joined by the family of another dead high school football player who also plans to sue.
Isaiah Laurencin, also 16, collapsed on the training field of Miramar High in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on July 26, 2011.
He died of cardiac arrest, brought on by heat exhaustion and exacerbated by sickle cell trait, according to the Broward County Medical Examiner.
His parents say physicals had not detected the sickle cell trait, but coaches knew Isaiah had spent a week in the hospital the previous summer for heat exhaustion.
"There's no reason why my son should not be here," said his mother, Angela Cooper.
"He should still be here; he should still be going to college," she added.
Isaiah's family is represented by Florida attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the Trayvon Martin family in that unrelated shooting case.
Atlanta attorney John Steel represents the Searcy family.
Both praised the Georgia High School Association for adopting tougher summer practice rules since last summer, but they want to see the rules turned into law.
"No win-loss record can compete with the death of a child," said Crump.
A spokesperson for Ben Hill County, GA told 11Alive they have no comment since they just received the Searcy's notice to sue and haven't had time for their lawyer to go over it.
Asked about the Laurencin family's notice,a spokesperson for Broward County, Florida schools said, "we never comment on pending litigation".