Posts Tagged ‘Valetta Bradford’

Valetta would love to thank the mystery woman known only to us by the first name Lynette.  Watch the news story at this link;

http://fox6now.com/2014/05/30/happy-ending-service-dog-returned-to-paralyzed-boy-his-family

This article only names the mystery woman as Lynette, but you see her in the video.   Lynette purchased Shi Shi off the street from some teenage boy who wanted $40 dollars and she got the boy to sell her the dog for $10 dollars.

When she brought the dog home, her family recognized Shi Shi as the missing service dog for Xzavier Davis-Bilbo thanks to the local Milwaukee news stations coming to rally around Valetta pleading for the dog’s return.

Then Lynette called Fox 6 News and told them she had turned Shi Shi into  MADACC,  the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.

 

If anyone knows Lynette please tell her to contact Valetta.

http://contactvaletta.wordpress.com

And of course we invite all of you to friend Valetta on Facebook at this link;

http:facebook.com/valettabradford

You can contact Valetta for red X pins and t-shirts, copyright Valetta Bradford 2014.

Thank you so much all the local Milwaukee News Stations and the mystery woman Lynette, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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A saga of a missing help dog was unfolded on the Facebook page of Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford these last two weeks.

For months, Shi Shi, the Blue Pitt Bull help dog of Xzavier Davis-Bilbo has been praised and featured in Valetta’s day to day life.  She calls Shi Shi her other baby of the four legged variety.

Then Shi Shi was taken from their front yard and Xzavier was inconsolable.  Valetta reported that Xzavier wouldn’t give up and he got them out door-to-door passing fliers for the missing Shi Shi.

 

The details will be added as they come in, so follow us here for the what is known of Shi Shi’s abduction and the incredible rally of the Milwaukee press to come to the aid of this family.

Valetta Bradford is the mother of Xzavier who became a Spokeswoman in the ‘It Can Wait’ campaign.  She and Xzavier and Aurie are featured in the documentary ‘From One Second to the Next’ and Werner Herzog said it was Valetta that inspired him to make it.

Follow this link to watch Valetta and X go door to door in search of Shi Shi;

http://www.wisn.com/news/milwaukee-boys-missing-service-dog-found/26251238?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=wisn%2B12%2Bnews&tru=SKulu#comments

 

 

Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford appears on ‘the Katie Couric Show’ with children Xzavier Davis-Bilbo and Aurie Parris to warn drivers not to text while driving.  Katie Couric, seasoned journalist goes about the hard task of getting the details out about their nightmarish ordeal,  living with the consequences left behind a distracted driver.

5-Year-Old Becomes Paralyzed After Texting & Driving Accident

 

Xzavier survived.  His mom says he is shy around new people, but he speaks once in this interview.   Aurie tells how she found out about the texting.  Together they make an incredible team.  ‘Don’t text for X’.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fundraising is hard.  Finding sponsors for campaigns is even harder.  There are many new commercial spots pleading for people not to text while driving.  In Austin the companies who are advertising against distracted driving are companies that have professional drivers delivering goods and services out there on the front lines and they are reporting back that distracted driving is everywhere, everyday.  You take a risk every time you share the road with distracted drivers.

We were hoping that an invitation to the White House for Xzavier and his mom Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford would give their campaign a Presidential stamp of approval but getting the attention of the White House has proven to be even harder than getting the attention of distracted drivers.   We will keep trying but we could use your help.

I am suggesting that you visit Valetta’s facebook page and wish her a Happy Easter and it wouldn’t hurt to tell her you are sorry she has to struggle this long and that your prayers are with her this holiday.