It wasn't very long ago that I thought my life was over. It was all because some guy wanted to "have fun," and he did
it at my expense. A few too many drinks, a short trip to his car, then one little crash that he drove away from--apparently
unharmed. This is a scene that happens over and over again, every single day.
Then I discovered MADD. I want to help
them put a stop to this senseless kind of actions. MADD believes and teaches that the best place to make a difference is by
education, starting in the schools.
So I am joining forces with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) to do what I can by helping them take the message to
our youth. To all of my MADD friends, the following is my solemn pledge to you.
Dear MADD Members,
You might have heard of me. I have been the top model in the world. I have gone on tour with the musical group, Smash Mouth.
I married the greatest man in the world. (If you don’t believe me, just ask him!) But my life has not all been a bed
of roses. While I have walked the greatest runways in the world during my career and had young women wishing they could be
me, something happened that I am sure all of you will understand.
In the twinkling of an eye, a drunk driver took the only thing I knew I could depend on—my looks—away from
me when he slammed into my car. They tell me that the driver, a hit-and-run perpetrator, has been caught. His car had very
little damage to it. Mine, on the other hand, was totaled. To me that is a minor matter. Apparently I lost control of my car
and it ran into a stoplight, then into several parked cars before it came to a stop. I might never be the same again.
Dr. Stephen White, the "plastic surgeon to the stars," gave me my looks back again. But the spirit I had was lost. Now,
as I am well on my way to recovery, I wanted to get even. Then I got mad. Then someone told me about MADD—Mothers Against
Drunk Drivers. Rather than getting even, I want to dedicate my extra time to helping you in your fight against drunk drivers.
I am available, as it works into my schedule, to hold online chats with MADD chapters, etc., but even more importantly,
I would like to offer my services to meet online with high school groups, college groups, any young people who have thought
they would like to be Monday Knight. I want them to know how valuable life is, and to help keep them from making mistakes
that might ruin their entire lives. I can’t imagine anything worse than living with the fact that you caused some innocent
person’s death, or in many cases permanent damage that will keep the victims from living a self-fulfilling life. That
would be worse, it seems to me, than a life sentence in prison.
So, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what I can do to help you in your very worthwhile cause. As they say, "Been there, done that." Also, watch
my blog at http://meetmondayknight.tripod.com/mondaysblog for upcoming programs for the cause.
Yours for a long, safe life,