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My law firm is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Fort Worth Walk Like MADD on November 1. My firm sponsors the walks in Fort Worth and Dallas each year. Participating in the events is an indescribably moving experience. People of all ages, nationalities, races and backgrounds join together to pay tribute to those who have died in drunk driving wrecks and to those whose lives have been forever changed.

What Drunk Driving Crashes Do To Our Community

During the past three decades representng victims and their families, I’ve seen first-hand the incredible devastation and heartbreak caused by drunk driving accidents.

Most recently I saw the tragedy inflicted on four wonderful people who were killed, the paralysis meted out to a fine young man whom I represented in the lawsuit against the drunk driver and the company that owned the truck the teen was driving, and the physical and emotional pain suffered by several other teens injured in the nightmarish “affluenza” case. This devastation never should have happened. We must work vigilently to stop it from becoming almost routine on our streets and highways in Texas.

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I cheered on the large crowd — including our mayor Betsy Price — at the C.A.L.F. 5K Run and Healthy Foods Competiton early Saturday morning at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. My firm was again presenting sponsor. I have also been on the C.A.L.F. Council since the program’s inception in 2009 and I strongly believe in its mission of encouraging our children to be fitter and healthier.

LaDainian Tomlinson’s Support

C..A.L.F. partnered this year with one of the NFL’s and TCU’s greatest football players (#5 in rushing yards in  NFL history), LaDainian Tomlinson, to make the 2014 run and healthy foods competition a huge success. It was an honor to get to meet “LT.”  He was also honored during the afternoon’s big TCU-OU game and must have inspired the team as it knocked off the #4 team in the country.

More than 80 schools and community centers were involved. FitWorth was also a sponsor and another great cause. The highlight was helping accept the whopping check in the amount of $200,000.00 that was presented to the C.A.L.F. program from donations raised by the Cowtown Marathon.

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The 2013 Walk like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) that took place on Saturday at Ridgmar Mall in Fort Worth was a big success, as volunteers and fundraisers were together able to raise more than $25,000 for drunk driving prevention and victims’ services.

Berenson Injury Law, its friends and families again showd their support for MADD. We were one of the sponsors of the walk, put together a team in honor of a client who has suffered critical injuries caused by a drunk driver in June, and donated to other walkers.
We are also helping sponsor the Walk Like MADD in Dallas next spring.
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I was delighted that Eric Martinez — who is only 10 years old and is in the third grade at Rufino Mendoza Elementary School — won his division and placed fourth in the 17 and Under competition at Cowtown Marathon’s CALF 5K race.

I had Eric’s finish line photo framed and presented it to him in front of his fellow students, coach, and teachers at the after-school running club.

The coach announced that I was running a marathon on Sunday. How many times is that around our school, they wanted to know? (110)?) Where? (Maine — my 40th state!)

It was a privilege to be the Presenting Sponsor of this fun event and meeting Mayor Betsy Price was one of many highlights. She’s in great shape and ran the 5K along with 800+ others including over 500 children who were starting their training for the Cowtown’s Children’s 5K in February — the largest one in the country.

Friday afternoon I went to my adopted school, Rufino Mendoza, to run with “my children” and help them get ready.

Our team did great, placing second in the FWISD for the biggest team. And Eric, who is only 10 years old, won the 17/under race with a sizzling time of 24 minutes. I’m going to buy his race photo, have it framed, and present it to him at a school assembly, hopefully with his parents in attendance.

I’m pleased to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 5K and 1 mile runs tomorrow morning. I’ve been on the Children’s Activities For Life & Fitness (C.A.L.F.) Council for five years and have sponsored the Rufino Mendoza Elementary School for nine years. I am trying to do everything I can to help get our children healthy and fit. I am also preparing for my next marathon next Sunday in Portland, Maine, which will be my 40th different state (plus Israel).

The runs take place at the new Coyote Drive-In Theater just north of downtown and will follow our wonderful Trinity Trail. There will be a giant party with lots of food and beverages afterwards.
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The 2013 Cowtown C.A.L.F. (Children’s Activities for Life & Fitness) Run will be held on Saturday, September 28th at the Coyote Drive-In Theater in Fort Worth.

The start time for the 1-mile run will be 7:30am and the start time for the 5K will be at 8:00 a.m. An awards presentation will be held following the 5K race. The Coyote Drive-In Theater venue will provide an exciting start and finish for the runners, including scenic views of the city skyline and running along the Trinity River Trail. Post-race activities will be hosted inside the Coyote Drive-In’s pavilion.

The Cowtown CALF run is excited to again partner with the FitWorth Healthy City Initiative. This year, post-race activities will include the FitWorth Healthy Culinary Creations Challenge. Twelve area high school culinary arts teams representing three local school districts will create recipes following set healthy nutritional guidelines.

This is my 9th year sponsoring the Rufino Mendoza Sr. Elementary School on the North Side, and it’s been one of the most rewarding service projects I’ve ever done.

I got this wonderful thank you card from the teachers today and I wanted to share it with you.

Thank YOU teachers!

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