Mothers Against Drunk Driving®  (MADD) New York will host its signature Walk Like MADD® non-competitive fundraising walk on Saturday, October 21st at FDR State Park in Westchester. Registration opens at 9 a.m., with the walk program at 10 a.m., and the walk beginning at 10:30 a.m. The walk is to raise funds and rally support for MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®.

Funds raised through Walk Like MADD help further MADD’s lifesaving mission and the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, which calls for high-visibility law enforcement, ignition interlocks or “in-car breathalyzers” for all convicted drunk drivers and support for the development of advanced technology.

Walk like MADD has three main components:

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  • Remember: We walk for those who no longer can and alongside those who are learning to walk again.
  • Inspire: We walk empowered even when we feel powerless, as survivors when we have been victimized, and with purpose when we have lost our way.
  • Commit: We walk with supporters who share our vision of no more drunk driving victims.

“We walk to finish the job that was started by a grieving mother in 1980. Since then, MADD has saved more than 350,000 lives and has served more than 837,000 victims,” said Tara Spohrer, Walk Manager. “Walk Like MADD raises mission-critical funds to help save lives.”

“On Aug. 26, 2004 I was on my way home from the grocery store with my son Chadrick and daughter Davita when a box truck hit us head on,” said Shelia Abrams. “Chadrick, 15, and Davita, 11, were killed on that day by a person driving under the influence. Struggling with the loss of my two children, I found support from my husband, family, and friends including Dover High School in Dutchess County, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. I have since been volunteering with MADD, and will continue my efforts until everyone stops drinking and driving.”

Despite a nearly 50 percent decline in drunk driving deaths since MADD was founded in 1980, more than 10,000 people are killed by drunk drivers and another 290,000 are injured in drunk driving crashes every year. In fact, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. In 2015, 311 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in New York.

Walk Like MADD events are taking place in more than 80 cities across the country this year.

There are several other ways to participate in Walk Like MADD if attendance is not possible:

  • Donate – Give to a participant or a team to help them reach their fundraising goals.
  • Be a virtual walker – If someone can’t be there in person, there are still ways for them to get involved  and raise money for this important cause.
  • Volunteer – We need help the day before, day of, or the days after the big event.
  • Sponsor – Consider becoming an official event partner. We have a variety of packages and every dollar goes towards making our community safer.

Please visit our website at walklikemadd.org/Westchester to register, donate or get more information.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is creating a future of NO MORE VICTIMSTM. MADD is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every ten minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end drunk driving through increased law enforcement, all offender ignition interlock laws and advanced vehicle technology. PowerTalk 21® is the national day for parents to talk with their teens about alcohol, using Power of Parents®’ proven approach to reduce underage drinking. Learn more by visiting MADD’s new website at madd.org or calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.