From Grandmother to Mother


Decades ago, I raised my beautiful daughter, Kristy Staley.

Today, due to a selfish individual’s choice to drive while drugged impaired, I am raising her children — Marissa, who doesn’t remember the mother she lost at 18 months of age and Marcus, who was five when his mom dropped him off at daycare and never returned.

The day after the crash, a woman with Mothers Against Drunk Driving® walked into my life, handed me a coffee and said she was just going to “hang out a bit.” Honestly, I don’t know how far I could have gone without her — and that’s why I am reaching out to you.

Every victim deserves an advocate like her, but, sadly, with more than 10,000 deaths a year and 290,000 injured victims, MADD simply doesn’t have enough resources. Will you consider making a donation to Mothers Against Drunk Driving today to ensure victims like me get the support they need?

My advocate was there when I was constantly burning dinner because Marissa cried for hours on end if I didn’t hold her. She sat next to me every single day in court while we heard how my Kristy struggled for 45 minutes without help, and she helped keep me focused on the children instead of the hole in my heart.

I cannot imagine what it would have been like to go through this unimaginable loss without her, and it breaks my heart that MADD doesn’t have the resources to provide every single victim and survivor with such a caring and helpful advocate.

You can help victims by donating to MADD today. It may not be flashy or seem like much, but my advocate enabled me to survive. This is the gift your donation provides.

In memory of Kristy Staley,

Brenda Staley, a mother who misses her daughter and stands in on her behalf for Marissa and Marcus.

P.S. The offender, who received 16 years in jail, is up for parole in August. I’ll be there to speak up for Marcus and Marissa and for their mother. Help MADD be there for victims like me. Please consider donating today.

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