Prevent people from dying and being injured on amusement park and carnival rides

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Prevent people from dying and being injured on amusement park and carnival rides

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My family made worldwide headlines when a carnival ride almost killed our 11-year-old daughter. Through her strength and bravery, she survived. Now, we are fighting to make sure nobody has to go through the nightmare we endured.

My daughter Elizabeth, affectionately nicknamed Lulu, got on a ride called the King’s Crown at a local fair. It’s was her first ever carnival ride that spun in circles. Moments later our lives would be changed forever. Her hair became caught in the ride, and her entire scalp was torn off. You can’t imagine the horror of the scene.

While we are thankful my daughter is alive, the event has left her scarred both literally and figuratively. Lulu will never be able to grow out her hair, she suffers from PTSD and separation anxiety, and we are still unsure about the impact of the severe trauma to the left side of her head. This should have never happened, and it can’t happen again.

There is no national law on how carnival rides are setup, maintained, and operated. Instead, it is left up to the states that have a patchwork of laws, many lacking any real oversight. Had there been a federal law requiring strong oversight and inspection, I believe my daughter would not have been so horrifically injured.

Lulu and I are on a mission to get Congress to pass a comprehensive law regulating carnival ride safety. We are calling it Lulu’s Law. Families like mine wrongly assume that these rides must be safe, that the government wouldn’t allow us to put ourselves and our children in harm’s way. Lulu’s Law will make the public's assumptions a reality. Please sign our petition calling on Congress to pass comprehensive law for the oversight of carnival rides.



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