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Danae's Song is a public awareness presentation for teens, community events, youth groups and evening presentations. It is a nonprofit organization that provides educational information on the issues of impaired driving, although it's been described as a love story...about the love of a mother for her daughter. Not only is about impaired driving but touches on bullying, texting and stunt driving, drug use, eating disorders and suicide.
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"Her former boyfriend received a 15 month sentence to be served in the community for causing her death while driving home drunk. Marshall Friesen will be on electronic monitoring for a portion of the sentence and will have to perform 150 hours of community service, as well as abstain from driving for two years.
The pretty, vivacious teen (Danae Dupuis) with ambitions of going to medical school died in hospital of massive head injuries a few days after a Honda Civic driven by Friesen--whose blood-alcohol level was at least twice the legal limit--failed to yield the right of way at an uncontrolled intersection three blocks from his house.
Booze bottles littered the floor of the car. Friesen had insisted on driving despite an offer from one of Danae's friends, who was sober, court heard."
Sept. 25th, 2002, The Star Phoenix
Family, friends recall teen at drunk driver's sentencing
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Danae didn't just talk about life, she lived it. Whether bungee jumping or experiencing thrill rides, she looked at fear as a challenge to overcome.
Thoughtful, quiet and independent, Danae followed behind her two older sisters, Jocelyn and Celene, like a little chick. Determined to keep up with them, she began vocal and piano instruction at 6 years old. Before long, she was performing with her sisters regularly at church, weddings and various other functions. Danae won numerous awards and sang with the prestigious 'Fireside Singers". Achieving excellence in school, she graduated grade 8 with general proficiency and math awards. After completing all levels of swimming, Danae took up horseback riding. She always loved animals. She babied the family dog, Ebony, who had been part of her life since she was a baby.
From the age of 12, Danae worked part time during school and full time throughout the summer months. At the time of her death, she was juggling 3 part time jobs. Beginning in grade 7, she started investing $1,000 yearly in mutual funds. She felt very proud when once a year, accompanied by her dad, they attended the annual meeting with her stock broker.
High school added a new dimension to Danae's life as she blossomed into a self-confident young woman. Teachers described her as the "ultimate debater" and "wise beyond her years". She had friends of all ages, in all peer groups. They remembered her as always smiling, cheerful and ready to defend her beliefs..
Despite her petite 5'2'' frame, which fondly earned her the nickname, Mouse, Danae carved up the mountainside on her snowboard and was a fierce competitor on the badminton court. In grade 9 and 10, she won the city championship in doubles badminton twice, despite playing both finals with injuries. When encouraged to withdraw because of pain, she refused, quoting the song, "Eye of the Tiger", as her inspiration.
Drumming was her passion until June 2000 when she purchased her first car, a black Eagle Talon. Only certain kinds of music where allowed to permeate it's interior lest it embarrass her car. Not even a light coat of dust was permitted to settle on it. She kept it spotless.
Entering grade 11, Danae set high goals for herself. She had aspirations of becoming a plastic surgeon and already had a long list of clients patiently waiting. Sky diving was next on her list to experience with her rather reluctant mom.
Sadly, Danae never got to complete her list. In the early morning hours of October 1st, 2000, after leaving a pool hall and only 3 blocks from the safety of her car, Danae, the front seat passenger in a small vehicle, was hit broadside by a pick up truck.
Emergency vehicles responded to the call. The fire department used the jaws of life to free Danae from the twisted metal. Paramedics stabilized her neck before a fireman, gently lifted her from the car. Once in the ambulance, paramedics rushed the unconscious girl to an awaiting trauma team at the hospital. Despite the valiant efforts of the doctors and nurses, her closed head injury was too severe. After several days and tests, Danae was declared legally brain dead on October 3rd, at 4pm. Amidst the shock and horror, her family donated her organs for transplant.
Although her gifted life was cut tragically short, she lived more in 16 years than most people do in a lifetime. She's forever left footprints on our hearts.