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Mother on a mission stops in Duquesne, MO with strong message

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A mother on a mission is traveling the nation with a strong message.

Today, she returned to where her journey began back in 2009, at a road in Duquesne, MO.

On April 14, 2009, Pamela Dowd and her daughter, Brenna, were driving just outside the police station when a distracted driver rear ended their vehicle, deemed a minor accident at the time.

"What we didn't know at the time is how serious a concussion is," Dowd said.

"Like most collisions, sometimes you don't know the hidden cost behind, and in this case, it's very traumatic," said Chief Tommy Kitch, Duquesne Police Department.

For Brenna, the concussion led to vision problems.

Four eye surgeries later, she was unresponsive with an anoxic brain injury.

She died from cardiac arrest in 2011 at the age of 28.

As Dowd travels the country, she shares what Brenna's death ultimately stemmed from, a driver looking at a cell phone.

"When you lose the most important person in your life, your only child, you realize that you need to be tougher on laws to stop this kind of behavior," Dowd said.

Gaining signatures along the way, Dowd has also spoken with the staff of 19 Senators about anoxic brain injury research.

"Most people, when they have this type of brain injury, are told they can't survive," Dowd said.  "They're automatically classified as persistent vegetative state, and discounted for treatments, therapies. That isn't true. I have seen some miracles."

Dowd says she will continue to be a voice for her daughter.

"I promised her that I will make a difference in her name," Dowd said. "She can't speak. I can. She was all I had left in the world, and I have to make sure that her message, her story is told."

This is Dowd's second cross-country trip.

Dowd lives in Boise, Idaho, where she will return in a couple of weeks, having gone through 11 states in just under 2 months.
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