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New Year
By Jan Withers | January 12, 2012| 2 Comments | Filed in: National President

As we give and receive Happy New Year salutations this January, and listen to chatter of New Year resolutions, I think back to the few years following my daughter’s death.   “Happy” wasn’t a possibility, nor did I have the energy to resolve to create change in any way.  I was working hard to barely cope.   

Now I can look back and see that even during times of anguish I did have some happiness.  There were always moments that the kindness of others made my spirit smile, moments of gratitude for the wonderful MADD victim advocate who walked beside me, more moments of gratitude because I was surrounded with people I love and who love me, and treasured moments that made me grin through the tears.  So, whatever your circumstances this January, 2012, I wish for you those moments of happiness – moments of contentment and love that circumstances cannot take away.

I do have a New Year resolution: I plan to do the very best I can to continue our work in MADD of saving lives and supporting those who have been victimized by impaired driving.  I invite you to join me on these endeavors.  Together we are a powerful force!  

Jan Withers



Submitted by Concerned citizen at 07:11 PM on February 8, 2012
As a New Year's resolution, you should focus on channeling MADD's relentless fundraising to actual education and prevention programs, instead of fundraising. You people have lost your way.
Submitted by Suezg at 04:25 PM on January 12, 2012
This is what I posted for our family and friends: For all of you who are unsure as to whether you should wish us a "Happy New Year," or not, the answer is yes. Our hearts are heavy, but we are entitled to be happy like everyone else - it just may not be as easy at times. With that said... Happy New Year, everyone!!! ♥♥♥ We lost our son on Nov. 22, 2011 just after midnight. He was only 21.

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