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12/08/07-Tyler

MADD Helps Families Cope With Effects Of Drunk Driving Accidents

The faces are numerous, young and old, attached to different lives, but brought together by an unfortunate similarity.  Lynn and Kalisa Gimble said they were at MADD's third annual Celebration of Life, Remembrance and Hope Tribute to honor their son, Cason.  Cason was 19- years-old when he was killed by a drunk driver last year in September. 

"They bring us together with other people that are going through the same things that we're going through," said.  "It lets you know that you're not alone and that there are other people hurting just like you."

They're hurting, but also hoping to heal while celebrating the dozens of lives altered by drunk driving accidents. 

"There are lots of tears that are shed, lots of memories," said Patti Foster.  Foster was rear-ended by a semi truck, driven by a drunk driver.  Along with other survivors, some are taking some valuable lessons away from the experience. 

"Life, human life, and the value of life, it's very important," said Barbara Olajide.  Olajide works to spread the message of MADD on her college campus.  She and the many survivors are taking with them an appreciation for an entire system of support. 

"A lot of people have been helping me," said Jesus Cardenas, who is now has to use a wheel chair after being hit by a drunk driver.  "I just wanted to show them that I care."  Foster said she encourages survivors and victims not to give up. 

"While you have the opportunity, lay hold of the opportunity, and make a difference now," said Foster.  It was encouragement for families looking for peace and healing.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com

 

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