This six-piece photo/story exhibit (28” x 42” canvas pieces) is easily set up on easels and malleable to most spaces. An additional piece includes: “Last Texts Sent…” prior to fatal crashes. A hand-out on distracted driving facts is provided.
“I wake up in the middle of the night remembering things. Hearing things. Like the cars hitting one another. Glass shattering. The scene starts playing back in my mind. I hear the person making the 911 call saying, “No, they are not breathing.” That plays through my mind again and again. It was the moment I realized what I had done.”
“I literally believed I was in a different universe. I thought I was in hell,” says Katie Mathews, recalling when she became cognizant following three weeks submerged in a coma. “I thought I was 13. I didn’t believe my family was really my family. And I thought the doctors and nurses were trying to make me worse, not better.” Three years of her life had disappeared from her mind as well as almost all motion from her limbs. From this point on, 16-year-old Katie had to take life on as a quadriplegic.
The blue army men were set up in formation, ready to take action. What were they protecting? How would this battle play out? What were the sound effects? No one would ever find out. This scene propelled by a boy’s imagination was one of four photographs that were found on eight-year-old Owen’s camera after he had left this world. Owen’s website
“When I approached this exhibit on campus, I had no idea what it was about. As I got closer, I was only intending to read one story, but couldn't help but be drawn in to all of them. I think the simplicity and lack of fanfare was what allowed me to experience its fullness. I haven't touched my phone in a car since.”