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History of MADD

From its humble beginnings 32 years ago, MADD has evolved into one of the most widely supported and well-liked non-profit organizations in America. Learn about how MADD first started, the history of our fight against drunk driving and some of our victories along the way.

Beckie Brown was a tireless advocate for MADD. She became involved when her son, Marcus Daniel Brown, died at age 18 on December 9, 1979, from injuries suffered in a traffic crash involving a 19-year old drunk driver. Channeling her grief into action, Beckie established the first MADD chapter in Northern Florida.

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When MADD celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2005, the organization looked back at how it all began. Read the story of how an organization went from a handful of mothers with a mission to stop drunk driving to one of history’s greatest grassroots success stories—and helped save thousands of lives along the way.

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Since its inception in 1980, MADD has worked to make a difference. Read about some of the organization’s milestones.

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Read about MADD’s presidents—the leaders who have served as the voice and face of MADD as the organization’s national spokesperson and on behalf of the victims of drunk driving.

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Candy Lightner founded MADD in 1980 after her daughter, Cari, was killed by a repeat drunk driving offender. Cindy Lamb—whose daughter, Laura, became the nation’s youngest quadriplegic at the hands of a drunk driver—soon joined Candy in her crusade to save lives.

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MADD is often asked its secrets to success. Read the article that tells how MADD became one of the nation’s most successful charities.

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