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Cole's Hope: Family turns great pain into great promise

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The Buehner family (Credit: Family photo) The Buehner family (Credit: Family photo)
Cole (L), Blake (R) and Gina (Credit: Family photo) Cole (L), Blake (R) and Gina (Credit: Family photo)
Blake (R) & Cole (L) (Credit: Family photo) Blake (R) & Cole (L) (Credit: Family photo)
Brad (L), Gina & Cole (Credit: Family photo) Brad (L), Gina & Cole (Credit: Family photo)

By: Emily Rau / News 4

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Cole Buehner was 17-years-old when he died in a traffic accident in Jefferson County. He was an avid outdoorsman, and talented shooter. His family remembers him as a gentle giant, and someone with a great sense of humor.

“He lived his life out loud. He was rambunctious, always on the go,” said his mother, Gina Buehner. “He did more in 17 years than I ever thought about doing in my 41.”

Gina works as an assistant principal at Fox High School in Arnold. She told News 4’s Emily Rau about the day of Cole’s accident.

“My husband and I, we were actually in the kitchen and he had heard the noise and we looked out the kitchen window and could see all the traffic stopping,” she said. “He said I think we need to go down there I have a bad feeling that was Cole. We were one of the first few on the scene before first responders.”

Gina credits her strong faith for helping her through the last 17 months without Cole. She says almost immediately after Cole died his friends started sharing stories of his kindness.

“A couple kids actually told us that Cole saved their life, so that’s when we knew that he had a mission,” said Gina.

So just eight days after his death, the Buehner family started Cole’s Hope Foundation.

Cole’s Hope has already awarded 10 scholarships for teenagers who are facing hardships. Some are homeless, others come from single family homes, or have special needs. The foundation has also handed out dozens of care packages. The Buehners hope to award 20 scholarships this year to kids in need.

Gina says Cole’s Hope has given her new purpose in life.

“You have all this anguish and anxiety and just energy built up that without Cole’s Hope, I’m not sure where I would focus that.”

If you’d like to learn more about Cole’s Hope Foundation, click the link here: www.coleshopefoundation.org.

Video edited by News 4’s Krista Ulberg.

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