Trauma and Adversity have played an integral and profound role in Candy’s life. Her daughter, Serena, was eighteen months old when a drunk driver rear-ended her grandmother’s car injuring the baby. Six years later, an impaired driver ran over her son, Travis, who was permanently brain injured as a result of that tragedy. The driver of the car was unlicensed and on tranquilizers and was not cited. In 1980, and at the young age of thirteen, her daughter, Cari, was killed by a drunk driver. As a result of Cari’s death, Candy founded MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, which later on became Mothers Against Drunk Driving) a grassroots organization that sought to raise awareness and to fight for tough laws against those convicted of impaired driving. DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) was not taken seriously until Candy made it her priority, and put human faces on the many victims of drunk drivers. Her efforts succeeded in establishing more than 400 chapters around the world and 2 million members within the first three years of establishing MADD. In 1984, Ronald Reagan appointed her on the National Commission on Drunk Driving and as a result of those efforts, the organization succeeded in raising the legal drinking age to 21 in every state. After leaving MADD, Candy co-authored , her book “Giving Sorrow Words: How to Cope with Grief and Get on with Your Life”. Several years ago, when the problems of distracted and drugged driving became such an issue, she established “We Save Lives” (www.wesavelives.org) that focuses on the 3D’s, drunk, drugged and distracted driving. She continues her role as a highway safety activist and also serves as a consultant for many organizations, and corporations.
Also we are going to have our Teamed Partner “Empowered Women International (EWI)” who will join us to facilitate the discussion for those of you who are interested in starting a business or expanding an existing business.
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 12:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm, Space is limited. Advance registration is required.
Phoenicia Resto & Lounge
2236 Gallows Rd, Vienna, VA 22027
or by check payable to NAAWA and mail it to 12324 Fox Lake Place, Fairfax VA 22033.
Cancellation must be made 2 business days in advance or you will be held responsible for the fee.
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