A Pennsylvania woman is sharing her story of survival and tragedy with high school students all over the region. Jacy Good knows all about the consequences of distracted driving.
"Thank goodness I can stand here today to get to say that," Jacy Good said to Williamson High School students.
Anyone who knows or meets Jacy Good calls her a miracle. The 26-year-old knows her story will help save lives.
She travels to high schools all over the country. The challenge is that she just can't remember her story. Her fiance, Steve, helps share what happened to her.
Jacy and her parents got into a crash in May 2008. A 30-ton 18-wheeler hit the family car after an 18-year-old ran a red light while talking on his cell phone.
Her parents died. Jacy was left mangled; nearly every bone broken, organs punctured, and her brain injured.
But here she is, a walking, talking and living example that talking or texting on the phone while driving has tragic consequences.
"No one needs to stand in my shoes. I have felt more pain that anyone should feel in a lifetime and no one else needs to go through that. What happened to me is 100 percent preventable," said Good.
Jacy had to learn how to talk again, walk again, and remember the man she fell in love with and the parents she lost and misses everyday.
"A brain injury is never something that never goes away. Brain cells don't regrow, so I don't have the brain cells that know how to use the left side of my body which is why the crooked face," Jacy explained.
Jacy says we are the choices we make. She hopes she can persuade all of us to just hang up and drive.
"Everything; the experience that she went through really touches, I feel, the whole school, and I think everybody is going to be more aware," said a Williamson student.
Even all the hardship and tragedy doesn't stop her spirit and determination. Jacy and Steve are getting married October 12th at the college where they met.
"I wake up every morning so thankful that I am alive and I think you don't need to go through this kind of hell to have that thankfulness, that we can all have that," said Jacy.