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Fort Myers teen hit by drunk driver one year ago awards scholarship to senior

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One year ago, a Fort Myers teen was hit by a drunk driver while coming home from work. Now, she is using her experience to help others. The young woman recently awarded a scholarship to a senior at her high school who plans to study English in college. Despite the hardships she has faced, this teen has shown resilience and a desire to give back to her community. Her inspiring story serves as a reminder of the importance of overcoming adversity and helping others along the way.

Attack of Drunk Driving: A Fort Myers Teen’s Journey to Award Scholarship

Drunk driving has long been a scourge on our society, claiming countless lives and leaving families shattered. One such family’s world was turned upside down when their teenaged daughter was hit by a drunk driver just over a year ago.

But rather than dwell on the tragedy, this family found a way to turn their pain into purpose. They have established a scholarship in honor of their daughter, to help other deserving students achieve their dreams.

The Crash

It was a typical Friday night, with teens out and about enjoying their newfound freedoms. But for one Fort Myers family, their lives would never be the same again.

Their daughter, 17-year-old Madison, was out with friends when a drunk driver swerved into their lane and hit them head-on. The driver, who had been drinking heavily, was killed instantly. Madison and her friends were all seriously injured and rushed to the hospital.

The family was in shock as they learned the extent of Madison’s injuries – a broken pelvis, femur, and ankle, severe facial and head injuries, and a traumatic brain injury. Her recovery would take months, with many hospitalizations, surgeries, and grueling physical therapy sessions.

A New Purpose

As Madison began to recover, her family started thinking about how they could turn this tragedy into something positive. They wanted to honor their daughter’s bravery and resilience, while also helping other teens in the community reach their full potential.

And thus, the Madison Strong Memorial Scholarship was born. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a deserving high school senior who is planning to attend college or trade school. The family hopes that this scholarship will not only make a difference in someone’s life, but also raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.

Awarding the Scholarship

This year, the family had the honor of awarding the very first Madison Strong Memorial Scholarship. After reviewing countless applications, they chose a deserving student who embodied the same spirit of determination and resilience that their daughter had shown.

At the award ceremony, Madison’s family was moved to tears as they watched the scholarship recipient express their gratitude for the opportunity to pursue their dreams. It was a bittersweet moment, as they remembered all that their own daughter had been through, but also felt grateful to be able to help someone else.

Making a Difference

Although they will never be able to erase the pain and trauma of that fateful night, Madison’s family has found solace in the knowledge that they are making a difference in the world. They are determined to continue to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, and to help other families avoid the same heartbreak they have experienced.

The Madison Strong Memorial Scholarship is just one small piece of their larger mission, but it represents a powerful symbol of hope, resilience, and determination. Through their example, they are inspiring others to believe that, even in the darkest of times, there is always a way forward.


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