Molly Burton discovered that one evening while walking home from the movies. She heard the car before she saw it. There was no time to get out of the way. Molly flew 40 feet before landing in a thicket of blackberry bushes at the bottom of an embankment.
“I remember the sound of tires driving away. I couldn’t believe he was going to leave me there to die,” Molly recalls.
But he did leave, abandoning Molly to her fate. The 24-year-old lay in the darkness for five excruciating hours, her body broken and battered. “I damaged my vocal chords screaming for help,” she says. “I was in pain and so cold. It was the cold that kept me from bleeding to death.”
“I survived being hit but the life I had was gone. I spent the next several months lying in a hospital bed in my parent’s house. My life changed in 24 hours because a 16-year-old boy chose to drive impaired.”
It’s frightening to think what a difference a day can make – how quickly we can lose something dear to us – our independence, our well-being, even a loved one. That’s why the work being done by MADD Canada is so important.
Your support today can make a difference. As Molly says, “Donor contributions are saving lives, changing attitudes and supporting every single person who has been hurt by impaired driving.”
Now is the ideal time to make a special gift to MADD Canada. We just completed our new School Assembly Program, “24 Hours” and we need your help to bring this proven program to more than one million students in the 2015/2016 school year – starting this month!
Molly appears in our new “24 Hours” program, where she shares her devastating story with students so they have the information to help them make wise and safe choices.
“The School Assembly Program has the potential to reach young people with proven anti-impaired driving messages before they’re faced with the choice to drink and drive,” she says. “It reminds them that impaired driving is 100% preventable. They have the power to say no.”
The School Assembly Program is one of our largest and furthest reaching programs. In a recent survey among students who had seen the program, 82% said it’s not okay to drink any amount before driving.
Your donation today will help save lives by reaching today’s youth. It will help us fund awareness programs like Project Red Ribbon and Campaign 911 while we continue to fight for stronger impaired driving legislation. And, of course, your gift will allow us to be there for thousands of victims and survivors like Molly who know the difference 24 hours can make.
What a difference a day can make – just 24 little hours. But the good news is what a difference your support can make! With your generosity, you can help prevent impaired driving and make Canada’s roads safer for everyone including you, your family and friends.