LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – It has been just over a year that Alex Brown died in a car accident caused by texting and driving. Her family; Jeannie, Johnny Mac and Katrina have been traveling from school to school telling her story. Because of their dedication to the BUST cause, Buckle Up and Stop Texting, and their dedication to try to save lives, they were nominated to get a new home from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
"They're just a deserving family and we cant tell you how excited we are for them. They have blessed so many people," said Susan Salvato, Alex's aunt.
On Monday, hundreds of people gathered around a bus with the Brown family waiting to see their new home and chanting "move that bus". After 3,000 volunteers and a week of non-stop construction, the family anxiously stepped through the front door to their new home for the first time. "Oh I can't wait to go in," said Salvato. "I've heard that somehow they've captured the essence of Johnny Mac and Jeannie. I'm sure there are pictures of Alex in there somewhere."
As the Brown family travels from school to school, they tell Alex's story in hopes of saving just one life by warning people of the dangers of texting and driving. "We were just texting all that morning and I was in class," said Laci Handcock, Alex's long time friend. "The next thing I know...by the time I got there it was too late. I think it's a great thing the family is doing, helping everyone else realize the dangers of texting and driving."
"Alex her death, it's definitely not in vain at all and she's living on and on and on so this is very bitter sweet, but what a testament of how great something can turn around and touch so many lives," said Salvato.
In just one week, community members have come together donating what they can to the Remember Alex Brown Foundation. They have raised more than $26,000 and more than 1,000 people have pledged to not text and drive.
"I am so proud of Jeannie and Johnny Mac and how they've decided to turn this into reaching out to so many lives. [Alex] truly was a kind, good girl, so they're really taken what kind of girl Alex was and have shown thousands of thousands of people that. I'm so proud of them I'm just so blessed to be a part of this family," said Salvato.
Tuesday night, the Brown family will finally be able to stay in their new home.
If you would like to donate to the Remember Alex Brown Foundation, go to www.rememberalexbrownfoundation.org.
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