It's been 30 years since a vibrant 21-year-old Binghamton woman, away at college in Buffalo, was hit by a drunk driver, suffering a traumatic brain injury that changed not only her life and the lives of her family members, but the entire Southern Tier Community.

This week on the local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, Diane Stento talks about what happened to her daughter, Danielle 30 years ago in November and how the action that left her daughter totally paralyzed actually turned into the blessing known as Danielle House.

photo: Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Danielle House is a place in Binghamton where families can be near loved ones who are in local medical facilities or who, themselves are going through treatments away from home.

Diane talks candidly about what the family went through in the days after the crash, the weeks Danielle was in a coma, her return home and how her daughter continues to inspire to teach and give to the community.

Danielle House is totally supported through donations with its only fundraiser, November Fest, coming up November 1 at the McKinley in Endicott.  While there is a suggested donation, the home does not charge for people to stay there and often those in need of shelter and support are welcomed free of charge for the time they require.  Danielle House is not eligible for government funding and is not supported by any organization or corporation.

You can find out more about Danielle House, Danielle's story and the November Fest fundraiser by visiting the Daneille House website.

Southern Tier Close Up is heard Saturday AT 6 a.m. on 98.1 The Hawk.