Real Stories

Real people. Real stories. Real tragedy.

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Real people. Real stories. Real tragedy. 

Every heart has a story to tell. Below are the stories from family, friends, and loved ones of these four victims of distracted driving. We must realize that life is more important than anything that takes our eyes off the road. Next time you hit the road, silence the distractions.

Paul's Story

Paul Troupe had such a bright future.  He had graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.  He was married two weeks later and began his career at Boeing with his new wife, Sarah.

And then the unthinkable – a Distracted, Fatigued Driver took his life. 

Distracted Driving Affected the Troupe family, their friends and the community.

An empty seat at the table shouldn't be part of your holiday plans. 
#LifesMoreImportant

Watch Paul's Story
Ashley's Story

Ashley was full of life.  The oldest of four children, the leader, the fun-loving child, everyone's friend.  Her laughter was infectious.  Her faith was unbreakable.

And then the unthinkable – a Distracted Driver took her life.

Distracted Driving Affected the Wooden family, their friends and the community.  Watch Ashley's story.

Ashley's story didn't end that day.  Her family, insistent on keeping her memory alive, erected a memorial on the corner of 132nd and Blondo.  The memorial continued to touch the lives of people that never knew the Wooden family, never knew Ashley, but wanted to support the family.

5 years after her death, Pastor Robert Murphy, wrote this blog.  10 years after her death,the Wooden family read the blog.  Today we must make a change.

Love yourself. Love your family. Silence the Distractions.
#LifesMoreImportant

Watch Ashley's Story
Cliff's Story

Cliff grew up in Fairbury, Nebraska the oldest of two sons.  His father, Charley, a truck driver, spent his days behind the wheel accumulating 5 1/2 Million safe miles and teaching his sons the rules of the road.  

And then the unthinkable –  Distracted Driving took his life. 

Watch Cliff's story.

Distracted Driving Affected the Endorf family, their friends and the community. 

Think. Drive. Live.
#LifesMoreImportant

Watch Cliff's Story
Cady's Story

Cady was only 16 years old, the oldest of 5 children and a bright light in the community.  She aspired to help people, to make a difference, to change the world.

And then the unthinkable – a Distracted Driver took her life. 

Distracted Driving Affected the Reynolds family, their friends and the community. Watch Cady's story.

Hold the wheel, not your phone.
#LifesMoreImportant

Watch Cady's Story
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