**Dare is picture above hugging my Uncle Larry after the presentation**
A few weeks ago, Dare was awarded "Rising Star Award" from the Chamber of Commerce. I can't think of anyone more deserving. For those of you that don't know her history, 10 years ago, Dare was involved in a really bad car wreck. She was airlifted and was basically unresponsive...she had a torn aorta & while trying to repair it they lost her on the operating table for an substantial amount of time, which caused her to be according to one neuro surgeon a vegetable. Well...if you don't believe in miracles, well, here is one. She woke up 2 days later after we received this devastating news. Yes, woke up from a coma and this is where the journey began...She was later transferred to a rehabilitation facility and learned all of her motor skills again and also how to walk again! She worked so hard and proved that little doc wrong. We learned that Dare had lost her vision shortly after she woke up, and because of the lack of oxygen, she suffered from cortical blindness. Dare went later to Gentry (Helen Keller school of blind) and learned to be self sufficient, learn braille, and many other things. After finishing that obstacle, she attended AUM, where is received her bachelors degree in Psychology. After graduation, she decided to move back to what we call "home" and later began volunteering and just accepted her first job with the school board & was awarded this very deserving award. Along the way, it all hasn't been rosy and easy..there have been many ups & downs, many frustrating & dark times, but in the end, God has seen us through and we give Him all the glory! I am so proud of you, Dare and am so blessed to have held your hand along this journey! Congratulations on this award!