Which Walk T-shirt Will You Wear in 2017?
As we prepare for the 2017 Walk Like MADD season, we are pleased to have the opportunity for the first time to ask for YOUR input into next year's t-shirt.
If you have ever participated in a Walk Like MADD event or other charity walk, you know many participants treasure the t-shirt for years. The shirt may represent a connection to a lost loved one or a reminder of a powerful and important event.
So this year, we proudly share with you three design options. Vote for your favorite. We will announce the winning design in August!
Which one speaks to you? Do you have a favorite? Or one that you feel best captures our shared mission to end drunk driving?
Why Uber? MADD knows why!
As the 4th of July weekend approaches, the media will be entirely too busy reporting on drunk driving fatalities. This is one of the deadliest weekends throughout the year for alcohol-related crashes. During the four-day holiday in 2014, 164 people were killed in drunk driving crashes - a 50% increase over an average day.
MADD refuses to accept this as normal. And, this week, we are proud to announce an enhanced partnership we believe will save lives - begining this weekend!
MADD introduced the phrase designated driver to the American lexicon 30 years ago in 1986. This week, I am pleased to say that Uber has evolved the definition of "designated driver." So, that in addition to your non-drinking driver or public transportation, Uber is standing by as well as MADD's official designated driving app.
For almost a decade, MADD has put technology at the forefront of our Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. Two years ago, this July 4th, we announced a partnership with Uber to keep drunk drivers off the road. As a team, we have spent the last two years raising awareness about the dangers of drunk driving by coordinating events with local and national leaders, participating in public service campaigns, and encouraging both riders and drivers to leave the keys at home and keep their communities safe.
Uber, like MADD, cares about our cause of getting drunk drivers off the road. They care about rider and driver safety, and they are dedicated to research that helps reduce drunk driving.
This holiday weekend, like all weekends, we want Americas roads to be safe and rid them of drunk drivers. Please join our mission to end drunk driving by donating today. Uber will DOUBLE your donation.
Together, we will make a difference. Have a safe July 4th weekend. Thank you and God Bless America!
National tour of MADD branding with graphic designer.Posted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The MADD 24-hour Victim Help Line is making a difference in more victim's lives than ever before. The number of victims served through the help line increased by 21% in 2015.
Overall, MADD provides a service to a victim every three minutes. And since MADD’s founding, more than 820,000 victims have received assistance navigating through the legal system, referrals to critical and local resources, and connections to victims experiencing the same grief at no cost.
#MADDLIVE Join us to talk about our 24/7 Victim Help LinePosted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on Thursday, June 2, 2016
“The Help Line has been a lifeline for victims and survivors who don’t know who else to turn to,” said MADD National Manager of Victim Services Heather Estudillo. “Sometimes victims need a safe place to talk about what they are going through or to find out what options they have now.”
Even though we wish we weren’t needed, MADD is proud to be here until we aren't, such as was the case with one repeat caller.
“She always calls in the middle of the night, and I’ve spoken with her many times,” Heather said. “But each time I talk to her, I can hear her progress in her own healing journey. She calls less often now, because she is doing better and doesn’t need us is the same way as she did before.” "We will always be here for victims and survivors like her."
We'd like to say thank you to all the MADD staff members and volunteers who keep the Victim Help Line running, as well as the members and donors who make the service possible every day.
Please share the Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP (877-623-3435) with any victims of drugged or drunk driving you know. We are here to help.
On Mother's Day weekend, 1996, Phaedra, age 22, a preschool teacher who had also done some modeling on the side, was enjoying a concert with some friends not far from her hometown. The two car loads of youth who were completely sober were driving home in Morgan County, Missouri, as a misty rain began to fall. Unbeknownst to them, a drunk driver with a .08 BAC was heading their way as he crossed the center line of Highway 5. Phaedra's friends in the car in front managed to see him in time to swerve. The drunk driver clipped them and headed straight for Phaedra's car. As he topped the hill around a curve, she had no warning and he hit her nearly head-on.
Phaedra's injuries were numerous and life-threatening. At the hospital, doctors discovered that the impact of the crash had ripped her aortic valve from her heart. Most people would have died within minutes, but Phaedra had not. In an emergency surgery to repair it, surgeons struggled to stop the bleeding. They quickly realized that she would bleed to death on the operating table if something wasn't done immediately. So, to save her life, they cut off the blood flow to her lower extremities to slow the bleeding enough to make the repairs to her heart.
She spent 3 weeks in a coma and 5 1/2 weeks on life support before waking to learn that the decision to save her life had cost her the ability to walk. In addition, she also had plates in her arm and both legs due to both ankles, a left femur, and a right forearm being broken. Her pelvis had been broken on both sides as well as 4 ribs. Both lungs had collapsed and her liver had been lacerated. Her gallbladder, appendix, and spleen were damaged and all had to be removed.
Phaedra's son was 4 years old at the time of the crash. She missed his first day of kindergarten because she was still in the hospital. As he grew up, someone else taught him to ride a bike, played in the ocean waves with him, and rode roller coasters with him while she sat on the sidelines and cheered, quietly wishing she could be the one beside him.
In 2000, Phaedra began working for MADD Missouri. She became a Victim Specialist helping other victims by providing emotional support and guidance through court proceedings. In 2010, she was crowned Ms. Wheelchair USA, again bringing awareness to the dangers of drunk driving by choosing it as her official platform. In 2012, she moved to Tennessee as the Underage Drinking Specialist for the MADD Tennessee state office. She built the program up from a presence that was non-existent to the top program in the country, talking to thousands of teens annually about the dangers of underage drinking and sharing her story with kids, parents, and DUI offenders.
Phaedra's original scars may have healed, but the impact of a DUI crash lasts for a lifetime. With no spleen, Phaedra is more susceptible to illness and her immune system is unable to fight simple infections. An ear infection can end up in a hospital stay. Independent and resolute, Phaedra drives, works full time, and is now the mother to an 8 year old daughter, as well as her grown son and step-daughter. People are amazed at how she lifts her wheelchair overhead, in and out of her car, and is not deterred from anything she sets her mind to doing. However, her determination takes its toll on her body. She recently had to have surgery on her arm because a problem with one of the plates had caused a fracture in her arm. Because she is constantly lifting her chair and transferring herself in and out of it, the injury to her arm caused a significant hardship on her ability to proceed with life as normal. And because of her immunity problem, the healing process was also complicated.
But those who know Phaedra, know that despite the lifelong affect drunk driving has had on her life, the thing that stands out most about her is her positive attitude. She never waivers. For years, she has fought to serve others who have been impacted by the crimes of drunk and drugged driving and underage drinking and to spread awareness about their dangers by sharing her story. She is an inspiration to all! And she will continue to fight until MADD fulfills it's vision of No More Victims!