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Parents use luau to honor daughter's memory

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Losing a child is something no parent should ever have to go through, but one family has made it their mission to keep their daughter’s light shining in Spokane.

Their message – Live Like Lara – in honor of 2004 Mead High School graduate Lara Gass. She was killed in a car crash two years ago, and her parents say it could’ve been avoided.

Her car was a Saturn Ion, one of the cars that had been recalled by GM, and it was one of the ones with a faulty ignition switch.

After her death, her parents, Gerri and Jay Gass, decided they were going to do something positive, and do good in the world.

“We know that this is what she would want us to do because she was really passionate about people and about doing good things,” Gerri says.

They held a fundraiser, the Live Like Lara Luau, at the Saranac Commons Saturday evening to raise money for two organizations she was passionate about: Big Brother Big Sisters and Second Harvest.

They’re also raising awareness about auto safety now, and working to change some laws. They say in the meantime, be proactive and check your own car to see if it’s been recalled. You can do so here: http://www.safercar.gov/

Learn more about the organization here: https://www.livelikelara.org/

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