Mallorie will never forget the sound of the car as it roared up behind her. She turned around to look and that’s when she was hit. She lay on the ground, unable to move, while the impaired driver sped off into the night.
“My whole body was injured. No part of me was spared,” Mallorie says. “My head was the size of a bowling ball. Even my toe nails were ripped off. My right leg was ripped apart. I spent over 12 weeks in hospital, maxed out on morphine, screaming in pain.”
That was six years ago. Since then, Mallorie has endured 24 surgeries. She continues to need therapy and lives with constant pain. “I still have a lot of challenges every day,” she admits. “My energy is very low. There are so many things I can’t do.”
Mallorie tells me there’s no part of her life that’s the same as before. And, it’s all because someone made the criminal decision to drive impaired.
At MADD Canada, we’re working hard to prevent more tragic stories like this one. In addition to supporting impaired driving victims and survivors like Mallorie, we’re educating thousands of youth every year through our School Program for Grades 7-12.
We’re teaching them to make good decisions that help keep them, your family and all Canadians safe on our roads. And today, we really need your continued support . Especially this year, when Canadians are even more focused on the safety and well-being of our loved ones, your generosity ensures we can make it our focus too.
We’re doing everything in our power to keep our lifesaving programs and services going strong – and today, I hope you’ll be there for us to the best of your own financial ability. Your special gift will help fund critical programs like our powerful School Program.
And please, consider joining our Guardians of Hope monthly giving program. In these difficult times, you might find it easier to spread your support over 12 months. And your monthly gift will be put to good use 365 days a year, helping us continue our efforts to stop impaired driving and support its victims.
In a 2017-2018 survey among students who had seen the School Program, 74% said it makes them want to make the right decision when it comes to impaired driving.
Your gift today will help our new School Program reach 500,000 high school students in the 2020-2021 school year. Due to COVID-19, the School Program, in addition to assembly format, will also be delivered to classroom sizes and a virtual online presentation is also being offered. It will help us get the message out to youth about the dangers and consequences of driving impaired.
It’s a message Mallorie is committed to sharing. “Kids need to understand how serious this issue is,” she says. “They think it won’t happen to them. But anyone can become a victim of impaired driving. And it’s the worst thing you could go through.”
Please send your generous gift today. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us there’s nothing more important than the safety of our family, friends and neighbours. Your support for MADD Canada will help keep them all safer on our roads.