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Monday, August 25, 2008, 09:30 PM ( 9 views )  - Posted by Heidi
How can this continue to happen? I approached this week with a sense of hope and while my hope sits flickering in the background my sense of urgency has come center stage due to the deaths of 8 year old Lane McCloud and now 3 year old Andrew Bahl. It’s an all to familiar and infuriating case of a Yamaha Rhino Roll over. The story follows:

3-year-old Lancaster boy dies in accident
By Craig Reber

NORTH LANCASTER, Wis. — A 3-year-old rural Lancaster boy died Sunday in a utility vehicle rollover on private property.

Andrew M. Bahl, 3, was riding with his father, Bradley J. Bahl, 29, 10933 Grant County K, who was operating a Yamaha Rhino, a utility terrain vehicle around 11:26 a.m. The vehicle rolled over, pinning Andrew.

Andrew was taken to Grant Regional Health Center and later airlifted to University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison where he was pronounced dead. Bradley Bahl, who was taken to UW-Hospitals, suffered a broken leg.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 11:51 AM ( 8 views )  - Posted by Heidi
My heart is saddened this morning to receive the news that Lane McCloud age 8 died this past weekend in a Rhino roll over. Their story is so similar to ours and prayers for the family are continuous.

Texas boy dies in Rhino rollover
August 18th, 2008 by Wendi Lewis

A Texas boy, Michael McCloud, age 8, died over the weekend when he was thrown from a Yamaha Rhino when it rolled over. He was a passenger on the vehicle, driven by 12-year-old Kinsey McCloud, also of Richardson, Texas. The accident took place in McClain County, Oklahoma. It is unclear if or how the two youngsters are related.
Also involved in the Yamaha Rhino rollover accident was Sue Harrison, 59, of Lindsey, Oklahoma. It was reported that Kinsey was making a sharp turn late Saturday afternoon when the vehicle overturned, ejecting both passengers. Michael suffered massive trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a report in the Tulsa World...
http://www.yamaha-rhino-lawyer.com/news ... -rollover/

Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 09:19 PM ( 10 views )  - Posted by Heidi
Two of my closest friends are people that I have never set eyes on. It is our unfortunate circumstances that threw us together in this world. Circumstances I think we would all agree that we would give up everyone we know or everything we have to reverse. They too have lost a child, Ellie. Recently Ellie’s Mom sent me a beautiful e- mail about her daughter that explained what happened to her. She was a wonderfully vibrant and loving little girl with a kind spirit and open heart that reminds me so of J.T. Her e-mail follows:

Ellie was a beautiful 10-yr old blonde-haired blue eyed girl who absolutely loved
life. Ellie had many passions, she loved tennis, horseback riding, dancing,
dirt biking, hiking, reading the Bible to older folks, playing with her girlfriends,
Cousins, brothers and of course, playing with her baby sister. Ellie reached out
and grabbed life and always "figured out a way” to make happen what she wanted to
make happen. We miss her vibrance and zest for living very much On October 27,
2007 Ellie was at a friend's house and went for a ride on a Yamaha, Rhino. Ellie
was the passenger and was buckled in. The Rhino was being driven at a normal speed
on a completely flat field. The driver went to make a turn when for no reason the
Rhino tipped on Ellie and pinned her to the ground crushing her. She was air-cared
to the hospital where we were told she would not survive. In memory of Ellie's kind
and loving way we chose to donate her organs to other children who needed her help!

It is our belief that this vehicle is poorly designed and should never have tipped
over. It is narrow, too high off the ground, and top heavy and the seat belts do
not hold a child in. The seat belts hold you from going forward not going side ways.
This tragedy should have never happened to our family. What was once a happy
family of seven (7) is now a downtrodden family of (6).

Saturday, July 19, 2008, 07:58 PM ( 8 views )  - Posted by Heidi
What you look for in life you will surely find, but which direction you look is up to you.
-Arthur Gordon

There is no way out, only a way forward. - Michael Hollingsworth

I have been railing at this thick steel dead bolted door marked past for too long now. Kicking and screaming “Let Me In!” longing for what’s behind me the known, the familiar. It has got me pondering that old sang for every door that closes another door opens. Perhaps all around me doors have opened but I have been to comfortable in blanket of black anger and fear to venture forward and find them, to attached to my door marked past to look for the one marked possibility. So today I realize that I stand at the threshold of a new life and I can be still or move forward those are my only choices. Forward is the new land into unknown adventure and unknown territory. Forward is the only path to possibility.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 10:57 AM ( 2 views )  - Posted by Heidi
Fight for me because I no longer can
Let your mouth say my words
And your hands be my hands

Use your life to make this world a better place for all
Walk each step as I would walk
I will lift you up when you fall

Tell my story as only you can with a sweet mother’s pride
I will smile down on you for strength
And soon the truth wont be denied

See the world as I saw it with innocents and light
Feel my love in your heart
As you continue this fight

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