No less than NASCAR stars Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards joined Justin Bieber and starlet Emma Roberts appeared on the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” of ABC on Sunday to show their support to the Remember Alex Brown Foundation. Roberts ditched the glamorous awards show in exchange for her appearance in the television show.
The Remember Alex Brown Foundation is a non-profit group which was organized in honour of Alexandra Brown, the 17-year old senior student who died on her way to school while she was texting and driving.
Jeanne, the mother of Alexandra, drove out after she was alerted that her daughter had not made it to school, only to find the wrecked truck.
“Although no other vehicles were involved, Alex was not alone,” she writes on the Foundation’s official website. “The cell phone on which she had sent and received over 10,000 text messages in the weeks preceding her accident was with her.”
Alex left three family members including her mother, Johnny Mac and her 12-year old sister Katrina to grieve. They were not however alone as volunteers trekked to Lubbock, TX to help them rebuild their home.
“If Alex was here and seeing all this she would be so excited for us,” Katrina told reporters. “She’d be like, ‘I’m so glad y’all are getting this! Y’all are doing good. Keep going.’”
The Foundation was started by Brown’s family the day she died.
“I chose to do it that day at the hospital,” her father says. “We have to put the [wrecked] truck on a trailer and we have to go to schools and tell people about the dangers of texting and driving.”
“Extreme Makeover” asked Roberts to join in for two reasons. “She’s an incredible young actress,” said Ty Pennington, “and she’s a teen so she understands how big of an epidemic texting and driving is.”
“After hearing Alex’s story I just think texting and driving is really a problem,” Roberts says. “To hear that this happened to someone so young — that really kind of was a little bit of a wake-up call. I have a nine year old sister and to think of her losing me, or me losing her — I can’t even comprehend that.”
Jeanne Brown said, “Alex made choices and those choices cost her her life. The last thing I could do for my daughter was pick out her headstone.” Unfortunately it is a choice that many of you make every single day, and it hasn’t cost you your life yet, but someday it could.
The Brown family were at the “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” show to promote the “Get Home Safe” product which for only $99, allows parents to disable the use of their children’s cellphone when the child’s car is moving. Another cellphone application called OTTER is available for $3.99 while a similar device to block cellphone use is available at T-Mobile for $4.99 per month.