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Marcy Jones Reaches Out

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be smart. be well. Life Lessons: Recovery during the holidays

be smart. be well.


The goal of be smart. be well. is simple: help all of us stay healthier and safer through increased awareness and simple-to-use knowledge.

The video link below “Life Lessons: Recovery during the holidays” is meant to provide awareness to all of us about upcoming holiday parties and people in recovery and ways we can make it easier and safer for everyone.

Life Lessons: Recovery during the holidays.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Studies show one in 10 Americans deals with some type of drug or alcohol addiction or recovery. For those folks, the holidays can be a challenging and dangerous time. With the stress of the holidays and the temptation of holiday parties, people in recovery can have a hard time.

To read more go to WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/lifestyle/Life-Lessons/life-lessons-recovery-during-the-holidays/30039224


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Dr. James Gore interviews Marcy Jones on N2U

New Urban Unlimited (N2U) logoNew Urban Unlimited (N2U), December 18, 2014: Marcy Jones, the president of 1st Choice DUI Victims Panel talks with Dr. James Gore about the importance of not driving under the influence. Tune-in to N2U, M-F, 6AM – 7

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Health Matters Annual DUI Awareness Show

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December 9, 2014 –  Tonight on Health Matters it was our annual DUI Awareness Show. We were joined once again by the Snohomish County DUI/Target Zero Task Force, MADD, Washington St. Liquor Control Board, Snohomish County Prosecuting Atty’s Office, 1st Choice DUI Victims Panel, IRG’s Shannon O’Kelly, and Carrie Jean Hartwell Lewchuck.



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Teen Drivers


Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. In 2010, seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.

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I want to make everyone aware that teenage drinking and driving brings about tragic results.  I know.

I lost my 15-year old grandson to such an accident.  He died while out with friends during graduation weekend. My life and my family’s life was turned upside down.  My goal is to make the community aware that impaired driving, whether it’s alcohol or other drugs, is avoidable. This goal is only obtainable if the community participates in education/prevention programs. I especially want my message to reach teens.

Shortly after my grandson died, I began speaking at Victim Impact Panels and really wanted people to know my grandson, who he was and what life meant to him.  The panels led me to speaking to high school students in Seattle before their graduations, and eventually I became the President of 1st Choice DUI Victims Panel.  Since starting my own panel, I have spoken to thousands of young people and adults about my experience with this painful tragedy, and I feel like the most affected by it are teens.

A week before my grandson died, there was a mock DUI crash at his high school. Many students said, “this won’t happen to us.”  Somehow we need to emphasize that this can happen; it did to my grandson.

Even if I am able to reach one student then I feel I have helped my community in a small way.  But I believe that we can, together, reach more than just one student, we can reach an entire generation. I want teens to know that people do care about them, and that if alcohol or other drugs are being used that they have choices and can get home safely.  They never have to ride with someone who is impaired; there are other choices.

Will you help me in attaining my goal?

Marcy Jones

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3rd Annual Board of Directors meeting held

1st Choice is holding its 3rd annual Board of Director’s (BOD) meeting Saturday, January 18, 2014. Our BODs, by a majority vote, will elect the directors to serve for the ensuing year.  We will review the last annual BODs meeting minutes and income and expenses for 2013, as well as plan 2014 events.

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Komo 4 News Report

After losing brother in crash, woman fights to end drunk driving

BOTHELL, Wash. — A heartbroken sister is turning the pain of losing a loved one into something powerful and positive.

It’s a safe ride home after a night out that can save the life of your son and daughter, your husband and even you. For Carrie Hartwell-Luwchuck a busy Friday night is healing a heart ache that seems to never go away.

“It was the worst day of my life,” said Hartwell-Luwchuck.

Eighteen months ago the Bothell woman got a tragic phone call that changed her life.

“It took over everything, ” said Hartwell-Luwchuck. “I couldn’t function.”

The call came all the way from Pennsylvania. It was a family member telling Hartwell-Luwchuck her brother had been killed in a horrific drunk driving accident.

By morning, the Bothell woman was learning about the deadly accident from numerous national news outlets online and on television. That’s because Hartwell-Luwchuck’s brother, Zac Hartwell, was the passenger inside a car driven by stunt man Ryan Dunn…

Click here to read more from the article published by Komo 4 News

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