Why We Walk: Colleen Thompson

Learn why our victim survivor Colleen and her team, MADD Hatters, Walk Like MADD: Will you join them?
I was hit by a drunk driver on December 10th, 2011.

She was 2.5 times the legal limit for Blood Alcohol Content. As a result of her poor choice, I have constant nerve pain in my back and have even required a few surgeries.

I support MADD because without the guidance of Jason Frazier, my Victim Specialist at the time and now the State Executive Director, I would not have known what was going to happen after my crash or what I would need to do to protect myself throughout my court process. 

Once I began working with MADD, Jason was with me every step of the way. He came to every court appearance with a smile on his face. He even came with me when we asked the prosecutor to ask for a harsher punishment for the offender. In the end, she was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and six months of probation.

I hope that by walking and raising funds for MADD, my actions will help someone make the decision to never drink and drive and hurt another person or family.

Our team name, the MADD Hatters, is special to us because one of our team members loves Alice in Wonderland and we all support MADD! Watch for our MADD hats at this year’s walk! Join us to Walk Like MADD!

Why We Walk: Denver Walk Like MADD sponsor Bachus & Schanker

We, the partners, attorneys, and staff at Bachus & Schanker, are in awe of the work Mothers Against Drunk Driving does every single day in their efforts to stop drunk driving and to make sure the victims of drunk driving crashes are supported, helped, and acknowledged.  We are proud to be MADD Colorado’s Statewide Sponsor and to know that our financial contributions have helped MADD to provide in excess of 6000 hours of support to victims of drunk driving crashes.  We are honored to work with the amazing and passionate group that comprises the MADD Colorado and MADD National teams.  Lastly, we LOVE to Walk Like MADD, in Denver, in Colorado Springs, and in Northern Colorado.
Why do we walk?  We walk for many reasons...
We walk to remember and support the victims of drunk driving crashes.  We walk to share MADD’s message that drunk driving is a 100% preventable crime.  We walk so that those who might not otherwise have a voice, have a voice.  We walk because drunk driving has life-altering and irrevocable consequences.  We walk to help those people we can help.  We walk because we want to make our nation’s roadways safer for everyone.  We walk to honor our law enforcement officers and applaud their hard work.  We walk because we want to be agents of change.

You can sign up and donate to the Denver Walk Like MADD here.

Why We Walk: Officer Norman

Home City: Austell, Georgia
Crash Anniversary: April 17, 1988

Cobb County Georgia Officer Freddie Norman was given less than a 1 percent chance of surviving after a teenage drunk driver slammed into his patrol car as he was responding to an emergency call.

The crash left Officer Norman a quadriplegic and unable to talk, but he persevered and was able to communicate through a computer. He received the Blue Star Award, given to officers injured in the line of duty, and saw his daughter Christi Norman sworn in as an officer with the Austell Police Department.

Officer Norman succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash 21 years later, on February 14, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Faith, three daughters and three grandsons.

“It is heartbreaking to see a loved one deal with severe disabilities all because a 16-year-old made a bad choice by becoming intoxicated and choosing to drive instead of calling a taxi or having a designated driver. Freddie was confined to a wheelchair with limited movement and unable to talk for 21 years. It took a toll on his body. It is devastating to lose a loved one as a result of drunk driving. As an officer, one of Freddie’s main goals was to keep drunk drivers off the road. What happened to Freddie does not have to happen again,” said Faith.

Can we count on you to help us end drunk driving?

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David Weinstein: Why We Walk

MADD honors David Weinstein and recognizes his loved ones who began our St. Louis Walk Like MADD. His story will live on. Watch the video:

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