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Man who lost daughters warns kids about DUI

The Rev. Quincy McClain leads youngsters in a positive empowerment session during the Friday Unity Night (FUN) Club event Friday.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED July 20, 2013 2:25 a.m.

Franz Kegel continues to tell his tragic story of losing his two daughters to a drunken driver about 28 years ago.

As a victim advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the FUN Club Program guest speaker said sharing the horrific incident that took away Liesel, 17, and 15-year-old Elke is never an easy one to share. Yet he does so as his therapy and with the hope that young people will make the right decision.

“My brain turned off and I didn’t care if I had lived or died,” Kegel told the young group Friday of the very moment when he first received word that his two daughters had perished en route to a dance.

He found out that the world went on despite his grief. Kegel got involved with MADD.

A free Power of Parents workshop by MADD is scheduled today from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the FUN Club Program Community Center, 602 W. Yosemite Ave. Manteca. Folks can receive tips and the tools to talk to their teens about alcohol.

A trailer of a fatal crash victim is on display in the FUN Club parking lot.

Kegel praised Rev. Quincy McClain for her efforts in working with youngsters. “The kids here are learning to make the right decisions and healthy choices,” he said.

McClain, who is the co-founder of the FUN Club, has managed to bring back Kegel to talk about the dangers of drinking and driving for the past six straight years.

Every month for FUN Club has a theme. July is Empowerment Month. “You are what you eat, drink and eat,” she said.

August is Back to School Month. “Stay in school and graduate,” McClain added.

Kegel shared other tragic incidents to youngsters involving drunk drivers.

His message to them was simple: “If you drink alcohol, you don’t drive. If the driver in the car drinks, you don’t get into the car.”

More information on MADD can be obtained by logging on to www.madd.org.

To learn more on the Power of Parents workshop, contact McClain at 209-275-2154 or log on to www.funclubprogram.org.

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