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I would like to thank all who came out to support the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth’s annual Teen Night, held March 7 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
Sarah Panzau gave a most memorable and interactive talk to middle and high school students, church groups, as parents and guardians about how her choices have affected her life. Sarah’s real life approach to help prevent underage drinking started with a video from her past as a volleyball standout and scholarship recipient, leading up to the night of her tragic accident.
Following the video, Sarah appeared from the back of the auditorium wearing shorts and a tank top. As she entered, silence struck the auditorium.
Sarah began to tell the story of how she survived a very serious car accident where she had been drinking and decided to get behind the wheel of her car to drive home.
Sarah said she realized she had to share her experiences because her life had been spared.
Although she lost her left arm in the accident, endured numerous surgeries and lost people she thought were her friends, she was able to stand with such grace and dignity as she gave detailed events that lead to her life-changing car accident.
It was great seeing the community come out to support the coalition’s efforts to reduce underage drinking. A very special thanks goes to the various churches and other youth groups that attended. You could have chosen to stay at your respective churches for your Wednesday evening services.
Thanks also to Linda Bridges of B&B Distributors from Rock Hill for bringing Sarah to Lancaster County as part of its continued efforts to reduce underage drinking.
The coalition expresses a sincere thanks to USCL Dean John Catalono and Rick Hodge from Fox’s Pizza Den for making this year’s Teen Night event a huge success.
For details on the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth or on how to become a member, please contact The Children’s Council at (803) 283-4995.
Deborah Boulware is a member of the Coalition for Healthy Youth.