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The Colleen Carter Story
Written by Colleen Carter
On May 27th 2007 my life was changed forever. I had talked to my daughter Melanie that night while she was working at the local Holiday Inn. Now several hours later, I received a call that she had been in a car accident and was at a local Hospital.
We arrived at the hospital at 2.30am and were waiting for her to be transported now to a trauma hospital in Toronto. After arriving at St. Michaels Hostital it took only a a few minutes to assess her and we were told they were taken her into surgery.
After two very long and painfull hours. the Dr. came out and told us that they had done everything but were not able to save her, she died on the operating table at 7.30am.
Those words still ring in my ears 3 yrs later. This only happens to other families this can't be true is what we all think.
Since then I have been involved in helping with special programs to bring awareness to others of the importance of safe driving habilts.
Melanie had taken the keys off her friend who was impaired and not able to drive his car and decided she was the better driver that night. Along with having little sleep the night before, nothing to eat, a couple of drinks, poor driving conditions that decision ended her life.
Our charity has been making great efforts through special programs with Hospitals such as St. Michaels and other mediam in bringing our personal story to students helping them make better choices.
I am spreading the word through our charity and hoping to make a difference for other families.I am currently planing our next fundraiser to be held at the Port Whitby Marina on Sept 11th 8.00pm at a cost of $20.00. The tickets will sell out quickly so please make sure you pick them up in advance.
Best Regards, Colleen Carter
Special Events Co-ordinator
Safe And Sober Canada