ONLY ON 8: Turning tragedy into triumph: The Wards find their calling


The story of a little girl hit by a car while trick-or-treating shocked the city of Las Vegas years ago.

The suspect was never found. Now, Brazyl Ward’s family say they’ve found their calling.

“The night of the accident changed our lives completely. Its never been the same since then,” said Brandon Ward, Brazyl’s father.

The Ward family has embarked on a new mission. It’s one they believe they were meant to do.

Through The Dream Safe Project, the Ward’s will offer CPR classes for low-income households. They want to educate the community about injury prevention and pedestrian safety.

“We are real families helping out real families,” said Tiffany Ward, Brazyl’s mother.

Brazyl Ward had a 10% chance of survival. She had to learn how to walk and talk again. 

“It’s going to take little programs like ours to bring the community together,” said Brandon Ward.

The Ward’s and 12 other volunteers are determined to make safety in Las Vegas their top priority.

“My son had an accident when he was about 3-years-old, and he almost died so coming from a personal experience, I know what it feels like to almost lose a child,” said a volunteer.

“The hope is that no one will ever have to go through the pain that the Ward’s went through. But if a family does experience something similar, the Ward’s will be there, lending a helping hand just like the city did for them.”

The Dream Safe Project will hold a launch party on June 25.

The Ward’s are still looking for sponsors. 

“She’s doing phenomenal,” Ward said about her daughter. “She is going into the 7th grade this coming school year. She made A and B honor roll and she said that she wanted to try out for the cheerleading squad again.”

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