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9/8/07-Chandler

Fundraiser Helps East Texas Families, Two In Particular

It was a day full of fun, fellowship and good food, but with a very meaningful purpose.  Dozens gathered at the Winchester Park in Chandler for the first ever BAM Foundation fundraiser.  It was a benefit for handicapped East Texas children, but that included two East Texas families who's lives changed after one tragic car accident.

Friends, family and of course here in East Texas BBQ, the true meaning of a fun day in the park.  The event, however, is really about raising money, as much money as possible for the BAM Foundation.

"You're going down life's path and all of a sudden BAM, your life changes," says BAM Foundation Co-Founder Glenn Miller.  Miller's BAM came six years ago when his son, who's initials are B.A.M., was accidentally shot.  The two started the foundation just six months later, helping other disabled kids.

"Some people need just a little bit extra help once those BAMs hit, and that's why the Timms and Warren families are here," said Miller.  "We're here to help with their BAM."  Two thirds of the proceeds go to the Timms and Warren families, the two Chapel Hill football players involved in a car accident last month.  Derek Timms was killed in the wreck.

"I'm just honored to have such caring and loving people all around us," said Derek's mother Joyce Timms.  "That's the only that thing that's helping us get through this tragedy that has come upon us."  The other boy, Marquis Warren, survived.  Though still on crutches, he is recovering.

"Sleep, pain, little bit of therapy and that's the road to recovery," said Warren.  Both families say it's events like Saturday's fundraiser that prove just how generous and supportive East Texans really are.

Organizers say they hope to raise at least $3,000, but they say they look forward to next year, because the fundraiser is going to be even bigger and better.

Tracy Watler, Reporting. tracy@kltv.com

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