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Dulles Drive for Charity May 19th

The 2011 Dulles Drive for Charity is  Thursday May 19th! This means when you drive the Dulles Greenway.. local charities collect for a great cause. This year we’re hitting the pavement to pay tribute to March of Dimes, Every Citizen Has Opportunity (ECHO), Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS), Fresh Air/Full Care and the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.

Dulles Drive for Charity has raised $1,030,455 to this day and aims to provide more for Loudon charities and residents.

For more information visit: dullesgreenway.com

We Walked Like MADD… and why I'm still mad

WATCH: Coverage of the Walk Like MADD 5K on WUSA9 TV

You can see from my shirt below that I walked in the Loudon County Walk Like Madd event for a young boy I sadly never had a chance to meet. First off I want to say hats off to the walkers for raising $7,000 for drunk driving awareness and education in our area.

Now to why events particularly like this touch me.  I met Sullivan’s family in 2005 under grim circumstances when I was a reporter in SC. 5 year old Sullivan Spradley of Kershaw County had returned from church with his family on Father’s Day. He was on a bike ride with his dad in broad daylight when the horrible happened. A drunk driver, a man I later learned was a repeat DUI offender hit Sullivan. Sullivan died an hour after the accident.

It was one of those stories you didn’t want to cover. But as important as doing stories to honor the brave little boy’s memory were the series of stories that followed that shed light on loopholes in SC law that allowed repeat offenders, people like the man who killed Sullivan back on the road.

Through this time I became friends with the family. Visiting his kind parents Tim and Tonya at their home. I also covered their days in court… reporting on the conviction of Donald Brown a man I watched receive his sentence for 13 years in jail.  

Angie Reports: Man Sentenced to 13 Years for hit and run that killed 5 year-old

It’s been 5 years and I still get Christmas cards from the Spradley’s. As a journalist there are stories and people you will never forget. The Spradley’s are one of those stories. I don’t live there anymore, but I feel I can reach out from anywhere on this serious issue… even if it’s just by doing 12.5 laps around a high school track.

To the Spradley’s and all families who have lost loved ones to this senseless crime. It’s okay to stay mad. From getting more education in our schools to getting ignition interlock systems passed in more states the fight is far from over. Keep walking, keep talking and stay hopeful for that day that drunk driving  doesn’t take anymore innocent lives.

Howard Katz (left) lost his son Adam in 2009 to a drunk driver

Angie and Kathy Corby aka Mommy Bootcamp

Jen Davis, Marian Lozano and Susan Cleveland

Drive Dulles Greenway for Charity Today

All tolls made on the Dulles Greenway go to charity today May 20th. Last year, 64,000 cars paid into the fundraiser.  The Dulles Greenway hopes to collect $235,000, which would bring the total proceeds to $1 million during the past five years.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit five Loudoun charities: Every Citizen Has Opportunities, Fresh Air/Full Care, March of Dimes, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Dulles Greenway

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