Dustin Michael Church
|Total Number of Gifts: 4|
|Total Value of Gifts: $255.00|
Mr. Arkie Koehl
Mr. Arkie Koehl
On July 10, 2004, I became the mother of a child who was killed by a drunk driver. Today, I am still that mother of a child killed by a drunk driver. I have learned to turn my grief into action, which is why I am so honored and humbled to take action as the National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
My son Dustin was only 18 years old when he was killed. Loving, caring and full of life, Dustin always made a room light up when he entered. I miss that. I miss his smile, his red hair, his freckles and his creative banter that filled us all with energy and reflection. Losing a child is the worst thing that can happen to a parent. Losing Dustin is certainly the worst thing that ever happened to me.
Dustin’s young life was cut short because the driver he was riding with chose to get behind the wheel after drinking heavily and taking illegal drugs. Traveling at twice the speed limit, their vehicle flew off the road and landed in a river. The driver and front-seat passenger escaped, but Dustin did not... he drowned. My son died, gasping for air, without me there to protect him, comfort him, or even just say goodbye.
The days and months following Dustin’s death were dark and disorienting. But a year later, I found MADD. They gave me strength, and today I see firsthand how our work prevents other families from experiencing the same pain I have to endure every day.
MADD has quickly become my “family” and has given me hope and courage. While I couldn’t save Dustin’s life, MADD has saved my life.
Your gift today will help more survivors like me move forward and prevent more innocent people like Dustin from becoming victims.
No one can erase the terrible consequences of the drunk driving crash that changed my life forever. But MADD helped me find a way to keep going. And your support today will make sure they can be that lifeline for the next person who needs their help, like I did. Like you, I can’t wait until the day we eliminate drunk driving once and for all.
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