NINA WALKER October 7, 1952- December 3, 2017
Grief brought Nina Walker to MADD, after losing her precious daughter Ginger in a drunk driving crash in 2001. MADD became a lifeline to Nina, and she became a leading voice for victims to help save others from the unbearable tragedies caused by drunk driving. Nina and her husband Gary had raised Ginger’s young son, Shaye, after Ginger was taken from them at age 22. Now grown, Shaye encouraged his grandmother to “go make a difference” in her work with MADD. It was a directive she welcomed and embraced — and a conversation she relayed proudly.
In November, Nina prepared to become MADD’s next National President with the same enthusiasm and passion she brought to her advocacy work in her home state of California and as a member of MADD’s National Board of Directors. Just as she was to officially assume the role, Nina died unexpectedly. Heartbroken by this loss, MADD dedicates this year’s Campaign report to Nina and to all victims of the 100 percent preventable crimes of drunk and drugged driving. We will be forever grateful to Nina and her family for dedicating their lives to saving others.
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