Candace Lightner

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Mar
11
2020

Living with a Brain Injured Child

Posted by Candace Lightner

Did you know that March is “National Brain Injury Awareness” month? Unless you have a child or family member with a brain injury it’s unlikely you know there even is a “month” set aside for such awareness. I am more than aware because my son, Travis, was run over by a car when he was 4 years old. The driver was on prescription meds and distracted by her baby in the back seat. Travis was outside with his friends, sisters... [Read More...]




Mar
02
2020

A Tribute to My Ex-Husband

Posted by Candace Lightner

A man I once loved died recently. He was my ex-husband, Steve, the biological father of my son and the adopted father of my twin girls. We met at the officer’s club one Friday night when I was out with my girlfriends. Steve and his friends joined us, all young good- looking lieutenants. He was the funniest of the men and kept us in stitches all night. It was his sense of humor that attracted me to him, more than anything else. We were hoping to get the men to buy us steak dinners so we could take the leftovers home for another meal. As the single parent of twins, money was very tight. He did take me out for dinner, 2 eggs, because all he had was 80 cents. I worked... [Read More...]





Dec
17
2019

Coping with Grief over the Holidays by Candace Lightner

Posted by Candace Lightner

“Mourning is the most intense process that most people ever go through. Grief is complex, unpredictable and primal. Many people are frightened by it-frightened by feeling it, frightened by seeing it in others. Fortunately, there are ways to move through it, and those all involve expressing your feelings. If you act upon your grief, you will make room in your life and in your heart for hope and happiness. If you suppress it, it sticks around forever. However, unpleasant or disturbing some of those feelings may be, there is no benefit in trying to ignore them.” [Read More...]




Oct
24
2019

Do You Know How to Equip Your Teen to Counter the Vaping Culture? Could Your Teen’s Life Go Up in Vapor?

Posted by Candace Lightner

When I first met Gail and heard her story I knew I had to share it so other parents could learn from her experiences dealing with a son addicted to vaping. I have been working with her in this issue and I hope you have the opportunity to not only read this article but share it with your friends. This is a “Call to Action” to every parent to be on the alert to your child’s potential vulnerability to a critical problem in this country. Thank you for reading. [Read More...]






Oct
14
2019

Candace Lightner, Keynote Speaker PA DUI Association's 40th Annual Meeting

Posted by Candace Lightner

Candace Lightner will be a keynotes speaker at the PA DUI Association's 40th Annual Meeting "Exceeding the Future" October 23-25, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA [Read More...]

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Oct
11
2019

Speaker Highlight - Health Choice YOUniversity

Posted by Candace Lightner

Candace Lightner to speak at Health Choice YOUniversity October 19-20. [Read More...]

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Sep
18
2019

MADD Founder, Ford Motor Company Fund Executive and Other Highway Safety Leaders Honored at National Awards Luncheon

Posted by Candace Lightner

GHSA presented its most prestigious honor, the James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award, to Candace Lightner, President of We Save Lives and founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Under Lightner’s leadership, MADD became a national and international force behind a movement that shifted America’s attitude toward impaired driving. More recently, she founded another non-profit organization, We Save Lives, which focuses on reducing drunk, drugged and distracted driving. [Read More...]

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Aug
26
2019

Why the US drinking age is 21

Posted by Candace Lightner

Read this article written by Phil Edawards here. [Read More...]






Jul
05
2019

Silence doesn't save lives - Candace Lightner's story

Posted by Candace Lightner

My first live FB interview! It is true that the 4th is around the corner and there is so much we can do as caring and responsible people to keep ourselves and others from driving drunk. I hope these suggestions help you and I am always open to more tips on staying safe. Have a safe and enjoyable 4th! [Read More...]






Jun
17
2019

PODCAST: We Save Lives Founder Candace Lightner

Posted by Candace Lightner

Monday, May 20th On May 3, 1980, Candace Lightner’s 13-year-old daughter was hit and killed by a repeat offender drunk driver in a Fair Oaks neighborhood. Hear how one mom started a movement that would significantly change the course of history in the United States, and how Candace continues her crusade against drunk, drugged and distracted driving today with "We Save Lives." [Read More...]





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