Message from the founder of the Lisa Johnson Foundation

January 28, 2008

As the founder of the Lisa Johnson Foundation, I realize the importance of educating families on the top causes of teen motor vehicle crashes and how to prevent them. My 16-year old daughter, Lisa Johnson, was killed in 2003 while riding in a vehicle driven by a teen driver.

My life has changed dramatically. In the process, I have learned life-saving information that I feel compelled to share. I liken it to walking past a building that has caught on fire. Knowing that lives could be at stake, I would stop and do what I could to help.

I see many parents and guardians that are not armed with the facts on preventing teen vehicle crashes. They are placing their teen in an elevated risk category and don’t even know it. It’s as if their home is “on fire” and they are unaware. Their teen’s life is worth saving, so I have a responsibility to share the life-saving knowledge that I have learned.

Parents and guardians have always known the value of having plans: insurance plans, savings and retirement plans, education plans, vacation plans, etc. Yet, having an effective driving plan for their new teen driver is often left off of the list. At the most dangerous point in their child’s life, a driving plan is critical!

Lisa Johnson Foundation members know that knowledge is power. We work to arm parents and guardians with the facts of main causes of teen motor vehicle crashes, and a plan to prevent them. The mission of the Lisa Johnson Foundation will continue, because a teen’s life is worth saving!

Jeanne Fletcher
Founder

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Courageous Survivors

December 18, 2007

The Lisa Johnson Foundation defines a Courageous Survivor as:

1.) Someone who has experienced the death or injury of a family member or friend due to a motor vehicle crash.
2.) Someone who has personally experienced trauma and injury from a motor vehicle crash.

cour·age (kûr’ĭj, kŭr’-)
n. The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger and fear with inner strength, confidence, and resolution; bravery.

sur·vive (sər-vīv’)

v.

1. to remain alive after the death of someone, the cessation of something, or the occurrence of some event; continue to live.

2. to remain functional or usable.

3. to carry on despite hardship or trauma; persevere.