MADD


MADD

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. PowerTalk 21™ is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven strategies of Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence™ to reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 10 minutes at 1-877-MADD-HELP.

Together, these programs ensure that MADD achieves its lifesaving mission.


Adopt an advocate. Spread hope.

I’ll never forget the strength and the courage I received from my victim advocate after my son Dustin was killed by an underage, drinking and drugged driver.

Michelle provided me with a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen. Ultimately, she gave me hope that one day I would smile again during a time when everything seemed dark.

That’s why we are proud to share the 2017 membership campaign. We are asking all MADD supporters to renew their membership pledge today by “adopting” an advocate, the individual who offers emotional support and help to a victim in their time of need.

Many people may have participated in our annual January membership campaign previously, and we can't say thank you enough to these core members who make it possible fight drunk and drugged driving and underage drinking. We hope everyone will join us in 2017 as well.

We have set a goal of bringing in 51,000 members to symbolically represent the fact that someone is killed by drunk driving every 51 minutes.

And, for that, we need everyone who believes in a future of No More Victims® to speak up!

Let's meet the advocates:

 

Kristi covers nearly 80 counties in Illinois. She struggles to fund all the trips and visits needed to sit and hold a hand or attend a court hearing.

Often, she is the person walking into a person's life when everyone else is walking out.

 

 

Kimberly felt called to serve in South Carolina after her best friend Nancy, former Sen. Strom Thurmond’s daughter, was killed by a drunk driver.

She understands that she can’t bring back Nancy or any of those lost, but she can make a difference in their loved ones’ lives.

 

  Serving all of southwest Missouri, Laura acted as the voice for the victims in the Dylan Meyers case, which made headlines last year thanks to the offenders' blatant lack of remorse.

 

When you pledge support for an advocate by renewing your membership, that advocate will share quarterly updates so you can witness firsthand the difference you are making in real people's lives.

We hope you will consider helping us reach our goal of 51,000 members by adopting one of these dedicated difference makers.


Help, Hope and Healing

MADD West Texas Program Manager Vanessa Luna-Marquez has been speaking up against drunk driving – and people are hearing her!

She earned recognition from 34th Judicial District Attorney Jaime Esparza for her service to the community.

"It is with great pleasure to present you with the HELP, HOPE, HEALING, VOICE award at this year's 'A Voice Against Crime' 10-mile walk across El Paso," a letter from DA Esparza reads. "You are being recognized because you play an important role and go the extra mile in our mission to provide HELP, HOPE, HEALING and VOICE to victims of crime on their long road to recovery. You are truly an asset to our community's victims."

Vanessa said she was honored and humbled to be recognized.

"Over the years working at MADD, I have met many families whose lives have been impacted and changed when their loved one is killed or injured in a drunk driving crash," Vanessa said. "I feel blessed to be part of their lives and help take healing steps; it is an honor to keep the legacy of their loved ones alive thru my work in the community."

MADD provides a victim service at no charge every three minutes, making it one of the largest nonprofits for victims of violent crimes. It is only through the dedication of people like Vanessa that we are able to be there for so many people.


How did 2016 end?

Asking for $300,000 wasn't easy. We knew it was a lot to request from our supporters, but we also knew it was vital to help victims, advocate and support lifesaving technology.

Thousands of people stood up to demand an end to drunk driving, a 100% preventable and violent crime. Together, we raised nearly $260,000 to provide victims with a service at no charge every three minutes, to advocate for justice in our laws and courtrooms, and move lifesaving technology to the market faster.

This year, we face some challenges, but we remain dedicated to moving from more than 10,000 victims a year to No More Victims®.

And thanks to you, we have the ability to do so.

We asked people to share why they donate to MADD. Here are just a few reasons people shared:

 

"My son was hit by a drunk driver, and it was the driver's third offense. Fortunately, my son lived, but it was an emotional experience I will never forget. I pray people will think before they drink." – Sherma Jones

 "Our donation is made in honor of our precious grandchildren, Ryan and Kaitlyn Jahn, and their sweet momma, Mandy Jahn, who were all killed by a drunk driver on November 6, 2008. Yet, even in their absence, Mandy, Ryan, and Kaitlyn's story continues to touch hearts, change   lives, and prayerfully be instrumental in ending this preventable crime once and for all."– Karen and Ed Jahn

 "We're donating to help make our road safer; a drunk driver killed our daughter on 12/22/2007. We just want to bring awareness to our society that nothing more devastating than seeing your own kid passed before us."– Tguyen

These are just a few of the responses we received. Many are from victims or survivors. Others come from people who KNOW there is a solution to this epidemic.

And with your help, we will get there.

Thank you for your generosity.

"We're donating to help make our road safer; a drunk driver killed our daughter on 12/22/2007. We just want to bring awareness to our society that nothing more devastating than seeing your own kid passed before us."– Tguyen




Voices of Victims: Kristi Hosea

“I’m not a victim,” I told myself the first time an email regarding a job working as a victim advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving showed up in my inbox.

“I’m not a mother,” I told myself the second time.

The third time? I became the person who walks into a person’s life when everyone else walks out.

Nine months later, I became a drunk driving victim, and I knew I had to fight harder.

A year later, I became a mother, and I felt called to make the world a better place, a safer place for my child.

Today, nine years later as a victim advocate who covers nearly 80 counties in Illinois, my job can mean explaining the lengthy court process, working with a food pantry to deliver a meal or simply holding a hand to bring comfort.

Often, I struggle to secure travel funds to attend court hearing. It always breaks my heart to turn down a request.

That’s why we are asking you today to proudly declare yourself a MADD member. MADD aims to have 51,000 members this year to symbolically represent the fact that someone dies from drunk driving every 51 minutes.

Your gift will allow me to better serve victims and reduce drunk and drugged driving in Illinois and across the country.

Throughout the year, I’ll send you updates to let you know how your gift is being used, how it has touched lives and how it is making the world a better place.

I believe in what I am doing. I hope you do too.


UPDATE: Annie's Law signed by Gov.

When someone you love is killed by a drunk driver, all you have left are memories.

Your future can be reduced to despair or it can be propelled into advocacy that helps save the lives of others.

I watched the latter played out in the lives of the Rooney family in Ohio.  A drunk driver killed 36-year-old Annie Rooney, an advocate and attorney, July 4th, 2013. Annie, an avid mountain biker who was looking for a sponsor to continue excelling at the sport, was driving home after picking up a bike at a friend’s house. The offender was going 100 miles per hour, resulting in several people calling into the police to report her erratic driving. An off-duty officer also pursued her because he witnessed her driving at dusk with no lights on through a school zone. READ MORE ABOUT ANNIE.

The driver was more than twice the legal limit and had been previously arrested for drunk driving three times. 

In the midst of their mourning, Annie’s family began a mission… to have the state of Ohio improve the ignition interlock for all drunk drivers.  Throughout the process of developing the law, the Rooney’s never missed a hearing. Annie, who had worked diligently as a prosecuting attorney on domestic violence and DUI cases, deserved a law in her name… Annie’s law.

For a while, it looked like the clock would expire for Annie's Law. Her family, including MADD National Boardmember Walt Rooney, went on Facebook Live with a plea. WATCH IT NOW. We rallied support and conducted a full-court press.

Finally, on December 6th, the bill was passed.  It was unanimous.  I had the privilege of being there at the State Capitol in Columbus, Ohio as the vote came in and watch the tears flow down the faces of the family.

Annie would live on in this law, “Annie’s Law”. And over the years, while the pain and suffering will continue for the family, the state of Ohio will reap the benefits of their dedication.

Today, January 4th, 2016, Governor John Kaisch signed Annie's Law.

Lives will be saved thanks to them.  And someday, all of us will be able to live in a world with NO MORE VICTIMS®. 
 


Crash survivor sets lofty goal - achieves it!

A moment in time can change everything – just ask Lisa Black.

On October 3, 2014, Lisa was driving to pick up her children from school, idly wondering about also picking up Chinese takeout.

In the next instant, her life was turned upside down. A drunk driver hit her head on.

The next thing she remembers is waking up pinned in her destroyed vehicle feeling as if her body was on fire.

She does not remember much about the crash itself. But she does remember thinking about how she would not be able to be there for her two children and her family—about how her life was about to be over or at the very least change drastically. Wondering if she would make it, Lisa fought for her life as she thought about her children.

"I can’t die. I have to be there for them (her children). They’re my world," she told herself.

Lisa was a school teacher for 23 years. The officer, who worked with a team for more than an hour to extract her from her demolished vehicle, happened to be a former student, whom she taught in the 3rd grade. This was a useful coincidence, as it allowed the officer to call her husband immediately to let him know about the crash.

She was admitted to the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center, where they performed multiple surgeries to rescue her. Lisa arrived at the hospital with a tibial plateau fracture, which is one of the most critical loadbearing areas in the human body. Fractures of the plateau affect knee alignment, stability, and motion. Early detection and appropriate treatment of these fractures are critical for minimizing patient disability and reducing the risk of documented complications, particularly posttraumatic arthritis.

The injury required two plates and 10 screws, an external fixator placed on her right leg, and ligaments rebuilt in her left leg using cadaver parts. An external fixation device may be used to keep fractured bones stabilized and in alignment. The device can be adjusted externally to ensure the bones remain in an optimal position during the healing process.  External fixation is a method of immobilizing bones to allow a fracture to heal. External fixation is accomplished by placing pins or screws into the bone on both sides of the fracture. The pins are then secured together outside the skin with clamps and rods. The clamps and rods are known as the "external frame." 

She also had multiple broken ribs, four fractures in her neck, two fractures in her back,  a dissected artery in her neck, a broken left femur, as well as multiple broken bones in her right hand.

Lisa was placed in a nursing home upon discharge from the hospital as she was not well enough to have rehab immediately. Once Lisa was home she had around-the-clock care from her husband and home health. Eventually Lisa was able to go to outpatient therapy five days a week for many months to learn how to walk again and was able to get back to her life slowly but surely.

Just six months following this horrible tragedy, thanks to motivation from her family, Lisa walked her first 5k at Walk Like MADD in Virginia.

But Lisa wasn't satisfied. She set a goal of regaining the ability to run again. The doctors at UVA were skeptical, but they encouraged her to pursue that dream.

Today, she can run. MADD is thankful for her decision to use her story to inspire others. Lisa annually participates in Walk Like MADD. She speaks at universities, schools, and with law enforcement programs to let officers know they truly are making a difference with their efforts against drunk driving.

“I still fight with pain on a daily basis,” Lisa said, “But I tell myself I’m not going to sit on the sidelines. I’m going to get back in the game. And that’s what I did!”


Inspiring change, saving lives

One life lost is one too many. It’s a sentiment that strongly bonds MADD and Texas-based advertising and communications agency GDC Marketing and Ideation in the desire to save lives on Texas roadways.

As a strategic partner with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), GDC has planned and implemented multiple statewide initiatives for the state agency, including educating motorists on the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving. Spurred by its organizational mission to “Inspire Change,” GDC created the on-going Plan While You Can campaign for TxDOT that urges drivers to make a plan for a sober ride home before they go out and consume alcohol. Ever committed to expanding upon its expertise on the issue of drinking and driving, GDC invited MADD to deliver a Victim Assistance Training course to its employees.

The full-day training covered topics such as how to address drunk driving survivors, the aftermath of bereavement and injury, and law enforcement’s response to substance impaired driving crimes. MADD National Senior Director of Victim Services Lauren Rowe and San Antonio Police Detective Michael Moore served as presenters and were joined by Abraham Diaz, Rosie Moncada and Americao Moncada who shared personal testimonials of their journey after losing loved ones in drunk driving crashes.

“The training had a strong impact on our employees,” said GDC Partner and COO Beth Wammack. “Through our work with TxDOT, we seek to give a voice to the families whose lives are forever changed by drunk driving crashes. The information shared during the MADD training will be beneficial in how we continue to shape and share these stories.”

If you would like to learn more about the training MADD provides, please call our national office at 1-877-ASk-MADD.


VIDEO: A drunk driving victim speaks out

Don't miss what drunk driving victim Joshua Jahn says at the 14-minute mark!

On behalf of Joshua and all drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors, please serve as a difference maker by donating to MADD today. To support our campaigns and programs during the rest of the year, we need to raise $300,000 this month. We are almost 40% of the way. Nationwide will match all donations up to $200,000 made before the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. Your gift will allow us to offer victims like Joshua support at no charge, honor law enforcement, educate teens about underage drinking and advocate for more effective laws.


Florida Virtual School driver's education club students receive MADD's Power of Youth message!

On October 18, MADD West Central Florida held a Power of You(th) presentation to 67 virtual school students. Florida Virtual School students often miss the messages the traditional school students will hear through live presentations in their schools.

The software program that Florida Virtual School uses allowed MADD Program Manager Sharon Hall to present the Power of You(th) in its full form, including videos, to 67 students and teachers from the Driver’s Education Club. Through this software, the students can ask questions of the presenter, and they can answer any questions the speaker has for them by clicking on a letter or number. All students were very interactive and engaged as Sharon educated the teens about underage drinking dangers and consequences, and shared her personal story about losing her son, Louis.

The presentation was coordinated by 2 of FLVS students – Brittnay Parsons and Bailey Sims, student members of the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition’s Leadership Academy. These young ladies worked for months in 2015 and 2016 with their teachers and administration to arrange

he logistics and permissions for this program to be held. Since the spring presentation, there have been 2 of these – with about 135 students reached. They will be holding another one in the spring of 2017. Hats off to these talented students from FLVS for spearheading this project!

Watch the presentation here!


VIDEO: A MADD volunteer shares why


New Company Continues Google’s Progress on Self-Driving Cars

This week, Google announced an exciting new phase in its self-driving car project with the spinoff of a new company called Waymo. The new company follows eight years of work by Google to revolutionize transportation in America.

This progress could not come at a better time. Traffic fatalities increased by 7.2 percent in 2015 and are expected to increase by up to 10 percent in 2016. Technology can reverse this trend.

Self-driving cars are another technology that could lead to the elimination of drunk driving. Their development will help us reach our ultimate goal of No More Victims®.

We are in the middle of tremendous growth and change in technology development. MADD looks forward to Waymo furthering the incredible progress already made by Google as we work with our many partners to eliminate the 100 percent preventable crime of drunk driving.

If you woudl like to join with MADD in support of lifesaving technology, please consider donating here.


NSA's PSA calls for "crash," not accident


How to comfort someone grieving

For many people, this is a season of celebrations. However, the holidays are often a difficult time for those who are coping with grief due to a death or serious injury. At this time of year memories of past holidays can be overwhelming, what may have been a joyful time in the past may now seem meaningless.

Friends and relatives sometimes fail to realize how significant their role can be in the healing process during the holidays. You can be a healing agent to those you love this holiday season.

Helping Tips

Here are some ways that you can help a loved one struggling with the holidays:

  1. Stay in touch, sometimes loved ones distance those who are grieving, they may be trying to protect them, but when contact is lost the victim or survivor can feel abandoned. Offer to come visit; even if they don’t feel like going out, they may want to have you visit or call to check in on them.
  2. Invite victims and survivors to social outings. Don’t assume he or she should go or wouldn’t go. Simply ask, and accept the response. It won’t hurt to ask a second time a few days later if the first response was negative, but the decision is still theirs.
  3. Invite those who are grieving to attend a holiday vigil to honor their loved one.
  4. Ask to help with specific tasks. “Call me if you need me” is not always a useful offer as often those grieving don’t want to burden others. Instead say, “I’d love to do some shopping for you when I do mine. May I?” or “I imagine decorating the house will be hard this year. May I come help you or do it for you some morning?”
  5. Be a good listener. The holidays will draw out deep feelings for surviving families. Many will feel they must talk about their loved one. Hear their feelings and accept them. Learn to be comfortable with silences and don’t feel you need to interrupt them. If you don’t know what to say it’s ok to be quiet or tell them you care about them.
  6. Write a holiday letter. Many things can be said on paper which may be difficult to say in person. A letter can be treasured, read again and again, and kept forever.
  7. Give a gift or make a donation in honor of the victim or survivor to their favorite charity.
  8. If a loved one has been killed, it’s good to speak their name often. It is important for someone who is bereaved to speak and hear their loved one’s name. It may be painful, but the pain is already there and the opportunity to talk about the one they miss so much will be cherished.

If you or a loved one would like to talk with someone about coping during the holidays or for any reason, please call our 24-Hour Victim Help Line at 1-877-MADD-HELP (877-623-3435) or visit madd.org to chat online.


VIDEO: Remembering a loved on on the crash anniversary


VIDEO: MADD CEO Debbie Weir talks progress, challenges, and why your gift matters

MADD CEO Debbie Weir went live on Facebook Live this week to discuss the major accomplishments of 2016, what's in store for 2017 and why December donations mean so much to MADD and victims of drunk and drugged driving.

Watch it now.

MADD needs to raise $300,000 this month to ensure we can continue to provide victims with services across the country at no charge, take the battle for justice to the politicians, support law enforcement, and help move life saving technology to the market faster. Please give today.


What is planned giving?

Have you ever found the perfect gift and stashed it away for a later date? Maybe the next holiday or birthday?
Well, that’s the basic concept behind planned giving.


What is planned giving?

Planned giving is when a person arranges to donate but doesn’t actually make the donation until a future date. Most commonly, planned gifts are granted once the donor has passed away via a will or trust.
Some planned gifts provide a lifelong income to a nonprofit, while others use estate and tax planning strategies to provide for a charity or other heirs in ways that maximize the gift and/or minimize taxes and fees.


Types of planned gifts?

Three main types of planned gifts are available.

1.    A gift that is in the form of appreciated assets instead of cash
2.    Gifts paid upon the donor’s death
3.    Gifts that return income or other financial benefits to the donor in return for the contribution


What are the benefits to planned giving?
Several benefits to the donor and, of course, the charity exist with planned giving. First, the donor can contribute appreciated property, like real estate, without paying capital gains tax on the transfer.

Additionally, donors who establish a life-income gift receive a tax deduction for the full, fair market value of the assets contributed. Again, the donor can avoid paying capital gains tax on the transfer.

Finally, gifts paid to a charity upon a donor’s death do not generate a lifetime tax deduction for the donor, but they are exempt from estate tax.

Of course, then there is a the benefit of knowing you are making a lifesaving donation to a quality organization, like MADD.

When it comes time to plan your estate, please consider how your donation can move us closer to a future of No More Victims®. When planning your estate, please consider including MADD. Find out more here.


How to cope with the holidays

For many people, this is a season of celebrations. However, the holidays are often a difficult time for those who are coping with grief due to a death or serious injury. At this time of year memories of past holidays can be overwhelming, what may have been a joyful time in the past may now seem meaningless.

Many bereaved and injured people face this season with apprehension, often in fear of their emotional reactions to what are supposed to be happy, memorable moments. A common question asked by those mourning a loved one or struggling to make sense of other losses is, “How can I get through the holidays?”

There is no single answer of what we should or should not do, but it is important that we consider what activities are comfortable for you to participate in during the holidays. When everyone else appears so happy and cheerful, it is easy to feel alone after a loss. Please know that you aren’t the only one who feels this way.

Please consider some of the suggestions below that may help you cope with the holiday season:

•    Plan ahead for the approaching holidays. Accept that this might be a difficult time for you. The additional stress this season brings may impact you emotionally, financially, physically and spiritually. These are normal reactions. Be prepared for rushes of emotions that may occur and the possibility that sights and sounds could trigger memories and flashbacks. 

•    Recognize that the holidays might not be the same as they were in the past. Expecting everything to seem the same might lead to disappointment. Modify or make new traditions as it feels right. But also remember the holidays may affect other family members. Talk to others as you make plans and share your feelings. Respect other’s choices and needs, including children’s, and compromise if necessary.

•    Go on a trip if you feel you will be devastated by staying home. But remember that November and December holidays are celebrated all over the world and you may be faced with the same types of images no matter where you go.

•    Relive the happy memories. Pick three special memories of holidays past with your loved one. Think of them often - and celebrate them. If you have lost someone find a way to honor them through new holiday traditions.

•    Direct moments of uncomfortable silence. Because family and friends love you, they will think they are doing you a favor by not mentioning your loved one or the crash. Have a conversation with your loved ones and let them know if you do or don’t want to talk about the crash or a loved one who was killed.

•    Don’t overwhelm or over commit yourself. Give yourself a reprieve. Accept a few invitations to be with close family or friends. Choose the ones that sound most appealing at the time and decline the ones that feel more like an obligation. Take time for yourself and take care of yourself. Take it slow and easy, one step at a time.

•    Be careful not to isolate yourself. It is all right to take time for yourself, but try not to cut yourself off from the support of family and friends.

•    Talk about your feelings. Let people know if you are having a tough day.

•    Consider holding or attending a memorial service or candlelight vigil. You can make it as small or large as you want. For a large gathering you might host people at a special location, have food prepared, have favorite music playing, poems read and even have someone speak. At a friends and family gathering you could take a few minutes of time to share your favorite stories with others and make a toast or light a candle in honor and remembrance.

If you want to talk with someone about coping during the holidays or for any reason, please call our 24-Hour Victim Help Line at 1-877-MADD-HELP (877-623-3435) or visit madd.org to chat online.


VIDEO: A mother speaks out

#MADDLIVE for #GIVINGTUESDAY with a MADD Mother

Posted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Voices of Victims: Joshua Jahn

By Joshua Jahn

Drunk driving victim


It was at her 8th-grade graduation that I first noticed her.…the girl who would eventually become my wife… I met Mandy and, I swear, she had the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen.

And I had the honor of looking into those eyes for years, including a beautiful stretch of almost a decade when we were inseparable...


My three-year-old son Ryan was already looking forward to his birthday on Dec.29th. As a volunteer firefighter, I was so proud he talked about following in my footsteps...


Kaitlyn was that perfect baby all parents want. Childcare volunteers at church used to fight over watching her. And she was at such an inquisitive age...


The only Christmas celebration we had all together with my wife, my son and my 11-month-old daughter before drunk driving ripped them away was in 2007.

We had a fresh tree. I was so protective of sweet baby Kaitlyn. I’d run outside to warm the car if she had to go out. Mandy and I stayed up until 3 a.m. putting together a train set for Ryan, and I took a picture of him jumping for joy with his sister in the background confused about all the excitement he had because of his present on Christmas morning.

Now, I am asking you for a different type of present – one you don’t have to wrap. Will you donate today in honor of every family missing a loved one? Will you donate in honor of all victims?  


I left this part until last...the part about the crash because I want to focus on my family's life, not their death.

Ten days before Thanksgiving, a woman sat at a bar drinking for SIX hours, before staggering to her car, putting the keys into the ignition, and speeding away. Her blood alcohol content was TWICE the legal limit. She hit my wife and my two children going more than 70 mph on a back road, and the force of the impact snapping a nearby telephone pole like a twig.

When the doctors asked for permission to stop resuscitation efforts on Kaitlyn, I whispered to her, “I am sorry I couldn’t protect you.” When I had to say goodbye to Ryan, I told him, "You will always be my hero."

I returned to the field to make a vow to Mandy. I told her I will move heaven and earth to bring as much meaning to their deaths as they brought to my life.

My greatest regret is the future that the repeat offender that killed my baby girl stole from me. I will never get to watch Kaitlyn graduate or make a toast at Ryan’s wedding.

These future moments, the common and uncommon ones, that’s what I miss. That’s why I work toward a future I can make happen – a future of No More Victims®.

Will you join with me in donating to MADD to prevent other families from experiencing this pain and tragedy. When you give today, Nationwide will DOUBLE your donation.

And that's a prsent that we all truly need - the end of drunk driving.


Why We Walk: 2016 recap

More than 22,000 people walked to ensure #DrunkDrivingEndsHere at more than 90 events nationwide, making the 2016 Walk Like MADD season the most successful yet! 

Supporters raised more than $3 million to fight drunk driving. Thank you to everyone who walked or donated to Walk Like MADD.

Thanks to tireless staff and volunteer leadership, corporate partnerships and passionate Walkers and donors, well over half of the Walks reached their goal. This is vitally important because all Walk funds stay IN the community. That means, whether you Walk in Ohio, California, or Texas, you are fundraising to prevent drunk driving in your community. 

There were many highlights this year, including:

  • In Atlanta at the Rise Up & Run 5K Walk Like MADD event, one of our most successful events of the year, the Atlanta Falcons partnered with MADD, making it our first Walk NFL partnership. 
  • In Maine, a sister made a promise to bring a Walk to her hometown in honor of her sister, killed by a drunk driver. It took twenty years, but she made it happen! See photos from this touching event here
  • The Twin Cities Walk received a visit from National President Colleen Sheehey-Church - and captured it all on a drone video. Watch it now.
  • Houston could have thrown in the towel after rain forced us to cancel part of the event - but residents came out stronger than ever for the rescheduled Walk

We look forward to the 2017 Walk Like MADD season - and we hope you will join us!