Candace Lightner

   FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME, IMPORTANT SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHANGES HAVE BEEN THE DIRECT RESULT OF DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS. I KNOW OF NO BETTER EXAMPLE THAN THE FOUNDING OF MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING AND IT’S CREATOR CANDY LIGHTNER . . A NATION IS IN YOUR DEBT.
- John Mack Carter, Editor-in-Chief, Good Housekeeping Magazine

Media
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“Lightner had never organized anything, never given a public speech. But within a week {of her daughter’s death} she had created Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD)…” - The Washington Post

“Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 1980 but has shifted her focus to drugged driving, saying the issue is not getting enough attention.” - NBC

One of "Seven Who Succeeded" - Time Magazine

A member of “America's New Leadership Class" - Esquire


Candace Lightner CNNLightner has contributed knowledge, expertise and personal experience to virtually every newspaper and talk show across the nation and in other countries such as Great Britain, Brazil, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Her media includes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News, 60 Minutes, Nightline, NBC News with Lester Holt, Vogue, The Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Adweek, Ladies Home Journal, Mashable and the Huffington Post. She was featured in several documentaries, including The Twentieth Century Project, by the famous Oscar winning director Bob Zemeckis and Seeds of Resiliency featured on NPR. Time honored Ms. Lightner as one of "Seven Who Succeeded;" Esquire picked her as one of "America's New Leadership Class;" and Ladies Home Journal listed her as one of the "Top 100 Women in America. She was chosen by Life Magazine as one of "The Original Thinkers of the 80's" She was also the subject of an Emmy nominated T.V. movie, entitled Mothers Against Drunk Drivers: The Candy Lightner Story.

 

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"All too often people don’t step up to an issue because they think that the individual can’t be heard. Candy Lightner got the job done. She has made America aware of the senseless waste and tragedy of drunk driving. We all owe her our thanks."

-Lee Iacocca, Chrysler Corp

"Candy Lightner turned her personal tragedy into the leading effort to getting the laws changed and even tougher, getting the attitudes changed."

-Joan Lunden, former Good Morning America Co-host

Podcasts


  • Do you know Candace Lightner?
    One of the most influential activists in the history of the United States. Known by being the founder of the "Mothers Against Drunk Driving", an organization created after she lost her daughter, hit by someone driving under the influence of alcohol. MADD has changed so many lives, and saved thousands of lives, by educating people on the problematic of driving while being on the influence of alcohol, but as well, by working with lawmakers to change the rules of the game, and with that also change more and more lives She has not stopped after MADD. After leaving MADD, Candace has worked with so many organizations all over the world, and she is now running an organization "We Save Lives", that is still focusing on Drunk Driving, but it doesn't stop there. 3 D's: Drunk, Distracted and Drugged Driving is the cause.
    S3 Ep 04: Candace Lightner | You can be the game changer!
  • Candace Lightner is the Founder of Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and We Save Lives. She became an unintended advocate when her 13 year old daughter was killed by a drunk driver. She later founded We Save Lives to further educate and influence the public about (the 3D’s) Drunk, Drugged, and Distracted driving. If you want to understand what it takes to overcome obstacles then Candace Lightner is the episode for you.
    Challenge Your Thinking