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Five months after a drunk driver killed my daughter, our family braced for our first holiday season without her. Helen Marie was 16 when a teen driver, impaired on alcohol and marijuana, ran her down while she was rollerblading on...
I understood the power of Mothers Against Drunk Driving soon after I landed in its lap, shattered by the sudden death of my 16-year-old daughter, Helen Marie. It was, after all, the men and women of MADD who showed me...
A month after the loss of our 16-year-old daughter, Helen Marie, our family left for an annual trip to the North Carolina mountains. Long-time family friends joined us as planned, bringing along their two children a few years older than...
New data released this week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offer some hope to those of us in the fight to eliminate drunk driving. In 2018, drunk driving deaths fell for the second year in a row and...
Five years after a drunk and drugged driver killed my 16-year-old daughter, I went to work in the school system where she’d been a student. I was a college advisor, but as a volunteer victim advocate for MADD, my two...
I still remember my daughter’s first day of third grade. That morning, Helen Marie and her younger brother, John, posed on the brick patio with their new lunch boxes—the latest in a series of back-to-school snapshots. By that afternoon, though,...
Once a summer, my children and I would pile into the car at dawn for a 13-hour road trip from Miami to Horse Cove, North Carolina, in the Appalachian Mountains.  For a week, we hiked trails, climbed mountains, explored waterfalls...
MADD’s mission to prevent underage drinking and drug use is deeply personal to me. My daughter’s life ended when a 17-year-old made the deadly decision to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana – then get behind the wheel of her car....
Drunk Driving is a Violent Crime My daughter didn’t die in an accident. She was killed by a 17-year-old who made a decision to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana before getting in the driver’s seat of her car. For years,...
The holiday season is approaching and that means MADD’s Tie One On for Safety Campaign is too.  I am asking for everyone to decorate their cars with red ribbons, decals or magnets to show that they pledge to always plan a...