Carmen's Legacy (häftad)
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
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Maher, John J / nee Maher, Michelle - Katrina - Jasmine
Black & white illustrations
229 x 152 x 10 mm
245 g
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23:B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam
Carmen's Legacy (häftad)

Carmen's Legacy

Häftad Engelska, 2022-02-07
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Carmen's Legacy tells the story of a family's journey of tragedy and hope. At Age forty-two, John Maher was involved in a fatal car crash in which he was severely injured and, the eighteen-year-old driver of the other vehicle was killed. Thankfully, John was not at fault. His injuries were so severe that doctors informed him he would never work again. Married with four daughters in either secondary school or university, this was a tremendous blow to this young family.

Ange (John's wife) had to return to work while John spent much of his time at physiotherapy, specialists, counseling, etc. John had twenty-six plates and screws in his face, neck, and back injuries, and what was rapidly becoming apparent, he had short-term memory problems.

However, there was more tragedy to come for the Maher family. Just 30-months after John's horrific car crash, the youngest of their four beautiful daughters Carmen (18), was killed in a car crash when she fell asleep at the wheel of her car and hit a tree. In an even crueler twist, her eldest sister Michelle was the third car on the crash scene when on her way to work.

Carmen's Legacy has many lessons, and possibly the most powerful is how the love and support of family can overcome even the most devastating and tragic event. Sadly many families have faced what this family had to face. A sequence of events is set in motion after the death of a family member in a car crash. Autopsy, selecting a burial plot, providing the clothes for your loved one to be buried in, arranging the funeral, the hymns, selecting the casket, and many more. All of these steps ended up with us burying our beautiful Carmen in a cemetery and leaving her there.

Two years after Carmen's death, four 18-year-old students were killed in a car crash in Bendigo. John decided to educate young drivers about the dangers on our roads. He developed Carmen's Road Safety presentation and presented it at secondary schools. Telling Carmen's story to years 10, 11, and 12 students hoping they would never do to their family what Carmen has done to his.

Carmen's Road Safety Presentation would soon become an Australian and International success. Conferences at Banks, Insurance companies, Community events, Sporting Clubs, Business would follow.

Nominated for Australian of the Year on five occasions, he was named Australian of the day on December 5, 2015. Won Regional Achievement & Community Award, Won Victorian Road Safety Award, Ballarat Community Road Safety Award, and many more. Carmen's Road Safety story has empowered 450,000 students and hundreds of thousands of attendees at conferences, seminars, and other events.

Carmen's Legacy, the book, will take you on our journey of triumph over tragedy. It will empower you to be a safer road user and help you understand who you are.

The Maher family didn't know that on Novembe...
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to be completely honest with you, i could not help but try to empathise with you whilst you were explaining carmen's story. i felt your heartbreak, i felt your sadness, but most definitely, i could see in your eyes how, as a father, you longed for your daughter and missed her dearly. i cannot imagine how traumatising, and saddening it is to lose one of god's gifts to you. i can tell you, without any hesitation, carmen was an angel. she was beautiful and i could tell by the pictures you showed us she was a girl full of life, sincerity, and joy.

your daughter carmen is looking over you and your family and she is most definitely feeling proud of her father. i am a changed person today. you managed to get down to the very bottom of my heart and evoke my sensitive and personal reaction. you are a gifted man john. to be able to tell carmen's story to so many people is a gift. it's a gift because it expresses your strength, courage, and sincerity. it is people like you who change lives and tattoo a mark on someone forever. i hope god watches over you and your family and makes it somewhat easier for you each day that goes by.


wow, that is amazing. i have just sent your email to the staff who are soooo excited!! had a great talk with the driver's ed students today and was amazed by what they took away from your presentation. the details and the message they received and remembered were impressive. please know that carmen's message has and will continue to touch our school. both teachers and students are grateful that you take the time to talk so passionately and honestly about subjects most would shy away from.


just want to say a huge thank you! i'm a teen who's been on the verge of suicide for a while now and your presentation, although not the same, made me think a lot. realising that i am important and how many people would be affected and how devastated they would be. i know it is road safety, not suicide, but you have changed my outlook on life, and i won't have those dark thoughts ever again! thank you!!

paul hills

it has been my privilege to attend and listen to john maher present his real-life experience. In his presentation, John engaged the audience that included young men and women through to retirees in such a way that it was just as though we were part of the terrible events and living the emotions and struggles that John and his family were living through. On many occasions, the entire audience was wiping tears from their face, with some unable to control their own emotion, and moved to the rear of the auditorium. This was an amazing experience for all attendees.

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At age 42, I was involved in a car crash that tragically took the life of an 18-year-old girl and threw my life and my family's lives into utter chaos. My injuries were significant, and they would change my life forever. Thankfully, I was not at fault in the car crash. But this was only the beginning of an horrific story for my family. Just when you think things can't get any worse, they do. This book proves that it's not how you cope with tragedy, but instead, how you respond. It shows how the power of a loving, supportive, and determined family can turn tragedy into a life of hope and achievement. Michelle, the eldest of our four daughters, contributes a chapter. Her bravery to relive that fateful morning when she lost her youngest sister in a car crash and the role she played has added great depth and insight to Carmen's Legacy. - Katrina, our second eldest daughter's chapter, is focused on the work I have done since that horrific Saturday morning. Through Katrina, the reader will understand that you can triumph over tragedy. You can keep your lost loved one in your life forever. - Jasmine, daughter number three, recounts the role Carmen Leah (the horse) played in the lives of herself, her two sisters, and their four cousins (all girls). This filly helped heal the wounds of Carmen's loss in a car crash and, these seven girls attended almost every one of Carmen's namesake 60 starts. Carmen Leah was not just any horse.


part 1 you never know what's around the corner

1 how quickly life changes 3

2 i'm alive, but it hurts like hell 11

3 our new life begins 23

part 2 the day our hearts were broken, our lives forever changed

4 18 november 1995 37

5 our first days without carmen 55

6 the day we said goodbye 63

7 suddenly a family of five... how do we cope? 69

part 3 looking back to look forward

8 michelle's memories 79

9 carmen's tree 95

10 carmen's racing syndicate 99

11 ten years 107

12 twenty years 111

part 4 carmen's legacy

13 carmen changing lives 115

14 supporting carmen's road safety message 123

15 dad's a legend 129

16 carmen's life lessons 135

17 those left behind are the true casualties 139

the epilogue our lives today 143

acknowledgements 148

about the author 150

facebook comments from students and schools 152

connect with john 156