Time & Location
Apr 11, 2023, 7:00 PM – Apr 12, 2023, 7:00 PM
Marana, 8800 W Water St, Marana, AZ 85653, USA
About the Event
Gayle Petrillo moved for Upstate New York to Tucson 24 years ago. She has been married to Al, her best friend and most avid supporter for over 42 years, and kept the scars from her accident a secret for over 65 years.
The Accident captures the sweet, playful and giggly personality of Gayle as a near three-year-old. She’s off with her mom to a grown-up tea party. Her life is suddenly changed by the physical and emotional scars left after a terrible accident.
Gayle becomes fearful of everyone and many things following her accident. She shares her compelling story of the challenges she faced with great courage. And, as a now confident woman, she wants others, regardless of their age, going through a trauma to learn and be comforted by her extraordinary path to personal and professional success, and to know they are not alone.
The Accident was created at the urging of a friend whose daughter was born with a blood cancer. They wrote a book - Pokes, Pinches and Loose Wires - to support parents, teachers, clinical staff and childhood patients. Kathy Bell, Founder of John P Bell Family Foundation, heard Gayle speak very briefly at a fundraising event and encouraged her to write a book to tell her story. It’s particularly interesting that, until that moment, Gayle had never talked about her accident, and later heard from members of the audience how it resonated.