Good Morning Everyone
In the wake of the senseless death of Jennifer Strange, a name I hope is not soon forgotten; the doors have opened, once again through the media, to bring awareness to the horrors of water intoxication, hazing, and Mattâ€™s Law. This is the last thing we wanted to happen. The reason we have worked so hard was to prevent this from happening again, yet here it is in our own backyard no less.
This is a heartbreaking story of a family that must go on without their loved one, and for what? Because some people made light of a situation that has been in the news for the past 2 years. They knew better but went ahead and did it anyway. We have to do our best to educate those that don’t know, so that they wonâ€™t be at risk by those who just don’t care.
As news reporters, in and out of the area, are contacting me, they are not only asking about water intoxication but Mattâ€™s Law as well. All the networks have been running stories about what happened to Matt and his law when talking about Jennifer.
Court TV will be running a segment about Mattâ€™s Law and water intoxication tonight on the Catherine Crier Live Show (check your local listings for times and channels, it’s on from 5 to 6pm in most areas). I hope you will be able to tune in, but more importantly tell others, those that may need to be educated. I will be there with the fabulous Alex Grab, who wrote Matt’s Law for us, and our wonderful Senator Torlakson who sponsored it.
As human beings, I believe we are morally obligated to share our experiences, knowledge, and lessons learned in life with others, no matter how difficult, so that they can make safe informed decisions in their lives. We need to take every opportunity given us to share what we know with others. I hope when the time arises that you are all able to do this as well, don’t be afraid to speak up, your words could quite possibly save a life.
After Mattâ€™s Law was signed, someone approached me from the Every 15 Minutes program about telling Mattâ€™s story. I think this is an incredible opportunity because in telling Mattâ€™s story, our young people can learn three valuable lessons. They can learn about hazing, water intoxication, and Mattâ€™s Law. Another place I think would be great to start educating our young children about water intoxication is the DARE program, that is already implemented in our elementary schools. What better time to teach our children the dangers of excess water then when they are learning about other dangers in life. Every 15 Minutes – Someone dies from an Alcohol Related Collision
Out of concern, many of you have asked what we are doing on February 2nd. After work on Thursday, February 1st, Greg and I are going up to Chico to be where Matt spent his last night alive and early the morning of the 2nd we are going to lay flowers and light candles in Mattâ€™s memory at the house where he took his last breathe. We are coming home on the 2nd to be with Travis and having Mattâ€™s friends over for dinner. We will fill the house inside and out with candles in Mattâ€™s memory. Feel free to bring a candle by that night if youâ€™d like.
“Hug your children and tell them you love them everyday.”