the Story of X

Posted: April 23, 2014 in Uncategorized
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On October 10, 2010 a driver struck five year old Xzavier Davis-Bilbo ripping him from his sister’s hand and dragging him twenty feet before stopping.

This driver crossed out of her own lane and into the on-coming lane of traffic in order to hit Xzavier.  Let it be known there was little hope of preventing this sudden onslaught.  Xzavier was doing everything right including NOT riding his metal scooter in the street.  He had the metal scooter slung over his shoulder like his mom told him to do when crossing the street in the crosswalk.  Xzavier and his older  sister were in the crosswalk.

It just so happens this driver was texting but that in no way excuses her total disregard for human life.

Xzavier is paralyzed from the diaphragm down.  He has limited use of his hands.  He also lost his left lung and will have to remain on life support.  This all pales in significance of what he really lost which was to realize his dream of becoming a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, of which I have no doubt he would have realized had this driver not attempted to negligently murder him.

That is how serious this is.

The doctors told his mother that the metal scooter he had slung over his shoulder saved his life else he would have just become another statistic of distracted driving.  Xzavier survived.

His mother Valetta Bradford has become a spokeswoman against distracted driving with an emphasis on texting.  Valetta Bradford brought her son home and she changed everything to accommodate her son with his new disabilities rather than allow him to become institutionalized.

This is why I am in this work, to promote this family.  I can imagine what it’s  like for her but Valetta once told me, ‘You have no idea.” and I suppose that is true.  I’ve been writing these articles since July of 2013 and I find out something new all the time.  For instance, Valetta told me they never get any peace and quiet because the machines keeping her son alive drone on and on so loudly.   Xzavier has to live like this.

Xzavier should be enjoying his childhood.

I know they do all they can to make him as comfortable as possible and I know they do all they can to make his childhood as magical as they can despite these challenges but this family is struggling financially.   Valetta cannot work because she is the primary caregiver for her son.  She also has a nurse that stays overnight so she can sleep.

Valetta stays up all night on weekends and makes sure that respirator keeps on droning along and Xzavier has to be watched 24/7 in case his equipment needs suctioning.   We have no idea.

As for the driver and her insurance,  Valetta received $25K and that’s it.  Her lawyer worked pro bono and that is almost unheard of where I come from,  (Texas, I’m a certified paralegal and legal specialist graduated with a 4.0).  The driver received a fine a little over $150 dollars.  She should be in prison.

So the next time you want to pick up your phone while driving I hope you remember this article.  I wrote it for you.  I myself have never used a phone while driving but everyone I know does.  I’ve written these same facts down over and over but after reviewing the statistics for these webpages this one site gets the most traffic and I felt it would serve the public if I capsulated the story again here.

What can you do?  Start with a ‘Don’t text for X’ attitude and don’t bother your friends when you know they are on the road.   That will help.

And show the love.  We are still working out the kinks of getting you a donate button on-line.  It’s hard because Valetta has never met me.  I’m that Lady down in Texas and I got involved after I saw the PSA Valetta and X did with Werner Herzog.  I’m planning a trip to Milwaukee for October to attend the Annual Walk for Awareness that Valetta has hosted every year on or near the date of  Xzavier’s injuries.  You can meet them too.  Follow this blog and you will see the reminders of the event in advance.   So far, this is a grassroots effort and we do not have the support of any sponsors.

 

And you can send a donation to Valetta to her post office box or contact her on facebook to post a donation by PayPal through her personal email or if you are close to an Educator’s Credit Union, you can make a donation to the X-Man Foundation.  This is a federally recognized non-profit to promote the campaign ‘Don’t text for X’.

Send your gifts and contributions to Valetta here;

Valetta Bradford
PO Box 06061
Milwaukee, WI 53206

Friend Valetta on Facebook

http://facebook.com/valettabradford

Thank you,

that Lady down in Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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