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MIXED-UP VICTIMS
(2008-03-26)
(wgvu) - NEARLY TWO YEARS AFTER BEING
MISTAKEN FOR A FELLOW COLLEGE STUDENT WHO DIED IN A CRASH, WHITNEY
CERAK STILL MARVELS AT BEING ALIVE.
THE 20-YEAR-OLD CERAK DESCRIBES HER FEELINGS IN A NEW BOOK
RELEASED YESTERDAY.
ENTITLED "MISTAKEN IDENTITY," IT TELLS HOW CERAK WAS BELIEVED
TO BE LAURA VAN RYN, WHO DIED WITH FIVE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WRECK
ON AN INDIANA HIGHWAY.
CERAK WAS IN A COMA FOR ABOUT FIVE WEEKS. ONLY AFTER SHE
REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS DID PEOPLE REALIZE WHO SHE REALLY WAS.
IN THE BOOK, CERAK SAYS SHE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND WHY SHE SURVIVED
WHEN SO MANY OTHERS DIED. BUT SHE SAYS SHE BELIEVES GOD HAD A
PURPOSE FOR WHAT HAPPENED.
THE BOOK WAS WRITTEN JOINTLY BY CERAK'S AND VAN RYN'S PARENTS.
IT DESCRIBES THE ORDEAL THEY WENT THROUGH AND HOW IT HAS
STRENGTHENED THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH.
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