I rarely make it through ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition without crying my eyes out. The crew got help from Justin Bieber tonight to help the Brown family. But the story of the Browns and their daughter Alex Brown really hit home for me as the mom of two teen daughters. Tonight’s episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition visited the Brown Family— Jeanne, Johnny Mac and their daughter Katrina.
The Browns lost their oldest daughter Alex to a texting while driving accident. Seventeen-year-old Alex Brown epitomized the All-American girl — beautiful, smart, vivacious and beloved by everyone who knew her. Tragically her life and her dream of a career in broadcast journalism were cut short: In November 2009, she was killed in a single car accident.
The Browns have moved beyond their own personal grief, they want to take the message about the dangers of texting while driving to teens and their families. Jeanne, Johnny Mac and their daughter Katrina want to help other people not have to go through what they’ve suffered. The family has created a movement, Remember Alex Brown so everyone will stop texting and driving! The Browns travel around Texas to local high schools with Alex’s wrecked truck on their flat-bed trailer to remind young people of the dangers of distracted driving. Their goal is simple: They want to save lives. My heart just goes out to this family and I cannot believe their bravery.
Dedicated to making sure no other family suffers such heartbreaking loss, the Browns turned their tragedy into something constructive. Remember Alex Brown and help the Brown family by taking the pledge to not text and drive.
Katrina Brown, the little sister of Alex Brown, got to hang out with Justin Bieber on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.