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Sunday, January 30, 2011

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EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION - "Brown Family" - The Brown family from Wellman, Texas is still recovering from the loss of their talented teen-aged daughter, Alex, to a texting-while-driving accident. Parents Jeanne and Johnny Mac, along with their 12-year-old daughter, Katrina, have made it their life mission to prevent others from having the same fate. To help spread their life-saving message across the country, celebrity volunteers, including pop singing sensation Justin Bieber, actress Emma Roberts and NASCAR superstars Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, all signed a pledge promising that they will not text while driving. This two-hour episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" airs SUNDAY, JANUARY 30 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The Story: Jeanne Brown tried calling her 17 year old daughter, Alex, after she left for school one day and couldn’t contact her.  She didn’t have a good feeling and so Jeanne decided to leave work to go look for her. She came upon Alex’s truck.  It had rolled several times and landed off the country road. When Jeanne went up to the truck her daughter was not in there.  She called for Alex and found her laying in the field several feet away. She had been ejected and was unconscious.  Something no mother should have to go through.

The end result: Her beautiful daughter died. 

At the time of the taping, Extreme Makeover Home Edition got 50 high schools, in 50 states to sign the pledge to “Not Text While Driving” and all the students wore the “RAB Thumb Bands” (Remember Alex Brown).  They are orange bands like the colored wrist bands that we wear in support of a cause close to our hearts (Our Troops, Breast Cancer, Aids etc).  Having them worn on the thumb is an easy reminder not to text while driving.

I know my last post was about texting and driving. You can see that I am passionate about spreading the word. Lives are being lost senselessly. Families changed FOREVER.  Please help to get this message out.  This is an epidemic that we can turn around by simply asking those we know and love - “please don’t text while driving”.  I ask again,


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