Our Stories

We Save Lives Celebrates Life

Your experience matters, and has great purpose: it keeps your precious memories alive forever, while helping others understand that they are not alone in their grief. Unite with us at We Save Lives by sharing your story and photos that kept you going.

Because we are here to help everyone whose life has been impacted by drunk, drugged or distracted driving, we also welcome inspirational stories about anyone who has been injured, and how they are coping. Please fill out the form with your tribute.

Thank you for being part of our community as we work to improve lives along with saving them. -Candace Lightner

December 4, 2017
Stephanie Smith

Stephanie’s Story

Not everyone can look at their life and pinpoint a date that their life took a 180-degree turn. Especially at age 25, but I can. August […]
November 23, 2017

Cole’s Story

My only child, my son, Cole Kilgore was a loving, loyal, charismatic young man with beautiful blue eyes and an engaging bright smile. From a young […]
October 17, 2017

Dan’s Story

My dad, Dan Gallatin, was killed on May 7th 2013, by a woman that was texting and driving as he was turning into my driveway. She […]
October 6, 2017

Robye’s Story

I was in Dallas TX for a gymnastics meet with my kids and in just seconds my life changed forever. I was with my kids and […]
October 5, 2017

Jordan’s Story

3 years ago, my son Jordan crossed the street and was hit by a drunk with previous duis. The guy hit him in his head at […]
September 27, 2017

Andrew’s Story

Andrew Thomas Moncheck was born June 20, 1996. The second child of three and first born son in the Moncheck family. As a baby, he would […]
September 27, 2017

Nicole’s Story

Nicole Michelle Lee, a loving daughter; sister; aunt; cousin; granddaughter; friend; and mentor, was in a fatal car accident on Saturday, January 26, 2008. A 2007 […]
September 26, 2017

Vanessa’s Story

My daughter Vanessa 19, was out for on the water on July 25, 2016 just relaxing with her boyfriend crabbing when a drugged/distracted person on a […]
November 29, 2016

Heather’s Story

November 29, 2016

Vinny’s Story

September 19, 2016

Chase’s Story

Chase Morgan Rodgers, Twenty years old from Cary, North Carolina, was a front seat passenger in his own car, a 2004 blue Toyota Corolla on Thursday, […]
September 19, 2016

Margay’s Story

September 19, 2016

Hedaia’s Story

Six years ago in January, Lori Carlson’s daughter, Hedaia Madi, and her unborn daughter, Madelynn Nichole, were killed in car crash caused by a drugged impaired […]
September 19, 2016

Rosemary’s Story

Rosemary Tempel, 56, was an artistic and compassionate individual, who served others as a Seattle trauma nurse, and placed family above all else. On July 17, […]
September 19, 2016

Courtney’s Story

Courtney Birch was a beautiful, adorable, loving little boy, and the spitting image of his father Glynn. He was the light in his family’s eyes, and […]

Recommended Books

The following is a list of books that our members have found helpful during a time of crisis and/or personal tragedy. They can also be given as gifts for loved ones who may need some support.

At a Crossroads: Finding the Right Psychotherapist (Even If You Already Have One)
At a Crossroads: Finding the Right Psychotherapist (Even If You Already Have One)
At a Crossroads: Finding the Right Psychotherapist (Even If You Already Have One)

Distracted Driving

A Deadly Wandering_edited