by Larry Little
Alvin Vander Leest took his first drink of alcohol as a teenager. A photograph of his burned hand is a constant reminder of how drinking can alter a young mind. "I was drinking and I wanted to be the center of attention and I started acting stupid and I started jumping over a bonfire and I was jumping back in forth. I guess I didn't realize the choice I made was going to burn my hand to the point of 2nd and 3rd degree burns," says Alvin Vander Leest.
Another photograph is a painful reminder to Alvin. "My father in law was coming home and someone was traveling from a club in Nacogdoches, the person blacked out and hit my father head on in a collision," says Vander Leest.
The drunk driver and Alvin's father-in-law died in this crash.