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McBride family will join with MADD for May 11 walk

By The McBride Family / Guest CommentaryMarch 27, 2013 

On Jan. 20, our father, Dr. John McBride, was involved in a head-on collision with a drunk driver on Highway 41 while heading to his home in Coarsegold. The drunk driver, from Los Banos, had just left Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino. This accident put our father in the Trauma ICU at Community Regional Medical Center with a traumatic brain injury, along with numerous other potentially life threatening injuries, until Feb. 15 when he was then transferred to their Leon S. Peter's Rehab facility.

He has come such a very long way since the accident, but there will still be many more months of recovery ahead of him. He is now recuperating at home and working on getting back to his usual active lifestyle. He would like to thank everyone in the community for their thoughts, prayers and well wishes for his recovery. The community has astounded us with their outpouring of love and support for him. As a family, we are so thankful to call such a place home.

While we can not change the past, we would like to be able to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future. We are asking the community to join us in the fight to end drinking and driving. Please join us in a walk with MADD (Mother's Against Drunk Driving) in honor of our father and a community's physician, Dr. John McBride.

The walk takes place at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, in Woodward Park in Fresno. Please contact the family at mcbridepridefamily@gmail.com to let us know if you would like to join our team, "McBride Pride." You can also go to the website, http://support.madd.org/site/TR/WalkLikeMADD/WalkLikeMADDwlm_?px=3694574&pg=personal&fr_id=3150 and you may join our team from there, make a donation, or sponsor one of our walkers.

For those in the community who feel compelled to help us in this fight against drunk driving, please send a letter to Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino asking them to be more aware of the condition people are in when leaving the facility via email at prci.info@chukchansi.net or by mail at 46574 Road 417, Coarsegold, Calif., 93614.

Please be sure to include the impact that this accident, or any other accident stemming from the casino, has had on the community, as well as any ideas for road safety measures and drunk driving prevention. Your help in this fight is crucial in order to make lawmakers and businesses aware of the magnitude of the problem, and their influence on the future.

Together, we can help to put an end to drunk driving, and together, we can prevent other families from having to endure such a tragedy in the future. Again, we thank you for all of the love and support.

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