Sweet, sweet summer. As Canadians, we look forward to it all year long.
After all, summer is a time for cottage weekends, picnics, and long, leisurely road trips – a time to enjoy life and create the memories we’ll remember tomorrow.
That was Bradley Lentz’s plan when he and his wife, Nancy, joined family and friends for a Canada Day long weekend camping trip. Shortly after they arrived at the campground, the couple went into town to pick up a few items. They never made it back.
Bradley was killed and Nancy seriously injured when their car was hit by an impaired driver as they waited to turn into the campground after finishing their errands.
“What was supposed to be a nice summer weekend with loved ones turned out to be the ugliest time of our lives,” recalls Brad’s father, Carl.
It breaks my heart to share this tragic story with you during what should be a carefree, relaxing time. But I do hope it will remind you to be vigilant on our roads and waterways as you make your own vacation plans – Summer has more impaired crashes than any other time of the year.
I also hope your plans this season will include making a donation to MADD Canada.
With your gift, you are reaching out to thousands of impaired driving victims and survivors every year by keeping our Victim Services programs strong.
You are helping provide comfort and understanding and giving hope for a day when families, like the Lentz family will be spared from the devastation of such horrible, preventable tragedy.
“We were in a fog trying to comprehend that our son wasn’t coming back,” says Carl. “Our life completely changed. It’s extremely hard.”
Thankfully, Carl and Judy didn’t have to walk this dark road alone. Because of people like you, MADD Canada was there – offering support and a caring ear whenever they needed it.
“They are such compassionate, loving people,” Carl says. “It’s a comfort to know MADD Canada is always there for us.”
Carl is also grateful for our work in raising awareness about impaired driving. As he says, the more we can get the message out there, the more we can prevent this crime from destroying other families.
I couldn’t agree more which is why your gift today in support of vital awareness programs such as Campaign 911 and Project Red Ribbon is so important. Your donation will also fund our School Assembly Program and help to ensure students learn the potentially deadly consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
With you by our side, we’ll keep up our work to eliminate impaired driving from our streets and waterways once and for all. In the meantime, we’ll continue to provide care and compassionate support to victims and survivors like the Lentz family.
As you think about your summer vacation, please be sure to include a gift to MADD Canada in your plans.
Your support will help make our roads safer so that you, your loved ones and all Canadians have the chance to enjoy the summer and create wonderful memories you will always remember.
All the best to you and yours this summer,