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Light a Virtual Candle
By MADD | December 5, 2013| 19 Comments | Filed in: Victim Services

Behind every drunk driving statistic is a person whose life was full of family and friends, love and life, joy and laughter.  They are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Their lives touched so many and they will never be forgotten.

This holiday season, we are asking everyone to take part in our online celebration of life candlelight vigil, and light a virtual candle in honor of a loved one who was killed or injured in a drunk driving crash.

You can share their story or write them a message, and light a candle in their honor or memory. Participate in our online tribute by lighting your virtual candle now.



Submitted by Lee at 08:19 AM on December 17, 2013
Food for thought: RAMPS or Responsible Alcohol Management Program in Pennsylvania is a wonderful Program, BUT, who ever passed this program into law forgot to have the special permit holders like Fire Houses,Church's and others be responsible servers. These special permit holders feel this is a game to raise revenue for there local organization and is not there lively hood. They actually have no idea of a VIP or how to card minors or watch that minors are not served. Please help do something about this.They are playing a deadly game and PA Liquor Enforcement does not monitor them.
Submitted by Christina at 08:39 PM on December 16, 2013
I was injured in a car accident by a drugged driver. Although he asked for forgiveness, I cant forgive someone that I blame for the scar on my left wrist, both my knees, and my ankle. Because of him, I was made fun of, critized, and now have physical limitations. You caused so many tears. Eleven months later, Not a day goes by that i dont get that big knot in my throat with my eyes watering. You caused more emotional pain than physical....Im just thankful to be alive.
Submitted by Punky at 06:23 AM on December 16, 2013
My beloved daughter Renee Dale Fowler was killed by a drunk driver on June 30, 2012. Two days after her daughter and only child , Shelbie Hatfied, graduated from high school and one day after Shelbie received her operators licenses. Renee had three wishes for Shelbie. Graduate from high school, get drivers licenses and go to college for Pharmacy Tech. Shelbie is in her last semester at Ridge Votech for Pharmacy Tech. All three wishes have been completed. God Bless Renee. We love and miss you. Love Mom.
Submitted by Daddy'o at 06:00 PM on December 14, 2013
In loving memory of my beloved son Aaron Ledford. it has been 4 years five months today and the void in my heart grows larger with each passing minute. The 13th & 14th of every month is the same for me. I relive every moment of that terrible day and I ask the lord to carry me once again. Your time here was too brief yet you made lasting impressions on everyone you touched. I wish I could have taken your place Aaron and let you have a full life with all of my blessings. The lord has you in his loving arms this holiday season and in that and that alone I find comfort. I miss and love you buddy. Merry Christmas LOVE DADDY'O
Submitted by Joni at 04:20 PM on December 12, 2013
This will be the first Christmas my best friend will have without her beautiful daughter. She was the responsible one who had a designated driver picking her up. The drunk driver that hit and killed her as she stood on the side of the street, was not. We miss you Becca Bray, Portland Oregon.
Submitted by Rebecca Garza - Sena at 02:11 PM on December 12, 2013 this makes me sick !
Submitted by morgan at 09:23 AM on December 11, 2013
this is awesome. madd is a great thing
Submitted by Hannah Michelle at 07:41 AM on December 11, 2013
Please understand I am a survivor. I am hesitant to share this because I hate pity, but this is to show how miracles work in today’s world. Day 22~ I am very thankful for my first child, Catherine Michelle. This is the only picture I have of her and it was taken through the nursery window. Very few of you met her because at the age of 5 days she arose from my Mama’s loving arms into the loving arms of Jesus. A social drinker hit our car the day I was released from giving birth to Michelle and he ran and hid as her tiny body burned for nearly 20 minutes. Mama died from her injuries also. What is there to be thankful for? Because of this horrific tragedy I have shared my story the last 24 years with people from churches, prisons, jails, schools, probation offices in 8 counties and numerous types of law enforcement conferences. I can’t count the number of people that have come up to me years later and said after they heard my testimony they had designated drivers, stopped drinking or using drugs, join different support groups etc. Many haven’t changed their ways at all and some have died that I have known personally. But, in 5 short days on earth Michelle’s story has saved so many lives by having many social drinkers think before they get behind the wheel of the car. “John” never asked for forgiveness and it took years of prayers to be able to forgive him. He was a free man to walk the streets of this country before I learned to walk again. I was in ICU for nearly 5 months covered in 3rd burns with broken bones wired to my bed in traction. When “John” stands before our Lord one day he will have to answer for his actions, as we all will. I have received many awards, one being “The Difference Maker” for MADD. Michelle was the real “Difference Maker”. For about 35 years I didn’t understand why she and Mama had to die since my injuries were more severe. Many days, 42 years later, the emotional and physical pain from being covered in 3rd degree burns and broken bones are more painful than I can bare. The older I get the worse they seem to become. A few years ago I realized how thankful I am that Michelle and Mama are in heaven with family and friends and feeling nothing but joy and happiness! GLORY! I am thankful my daughter has not had to suffer, hurt, be made fun of and be limited physically as to what she can do. I look forward to eternity to spend with them! Mike and I weren’t even 20 when this happened and Mike never left my side ~ but that is another story for another day. After 42 years I can say I am thankful my baby girl was placed on this earth for 5 days to save countless lives. Thank you Jesus for allowing her to have a life with you and Mama. One day soon...
Submitted by NJ at 06:04 PM on December 10, 2013
RIP to all does who have lost their lives due to someone else poor decision to drink and drive
Submitted by Art at 02:35 PM on December 10, 2013
I miss you
Submitted by squrial at 10:03 AM on December 9, 2013
Submitted by Judy at 10:06 PM on December 8, 2013
Saying prayers for many who had no choice but to part from us much too early because of someone else's absolute selfishness, and pride.
Submitted by karime at 07:03 PM on December 8, 2013
my candle is for my baby brother who was kill in an alcohol accident when he was just 4 months old. Today he were 35 years old.
Submitted by Brett Ford at 06:17 PM on December 8, 2013
Another Christmas has come and makes 13 since you left. Not a day goes by that we don't think of you....Merry Christmas Brett, we love and miss you
Submitted by Hector at 12:37 PM on December 8, 2013
Hector's positivity was needed, lost too soon.
Submitted by Cindy at 11:00 AM on December 7, 2013
Submitted by Heather Nicole Miller at 08:31 AM on December 6, 2013
In Memory of Heather Nicole Miller who died on March 31, 2008 as the result of a tragic car crash in which she was declared brain dead. She was 21 years old. Not a day goes by baby girl.....May your legacy continue on "Here Comes The Sun"
Submitted by Brandoli at 06:59 PM on December 5, 2013
Another event or Holiday without you, the empty chair will forever be here. These are the hardest times, I miss you, and I love you, Dad
Submitted by Lilo vitela at 06:05 PM on December 5, 2013
my son was killed in 1998 ,his dad was drunk driving..he killed my son and someone eles son rip

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