From One Second,
to the Next
Xzavier Davis-Bilbo was crossing the street with his hand in his sister’s hand and a metal scooter slung over his shoulder. The woman crossed out of her lane and she struck Xzavier and drug him twenty feet and she ran over Xzavier with both sets of her tires. This drama queen struck a five year old and would have killed him except the metal scooter that took a lot of the impact of her assault and while he was lying there in the street this woman who struck Xzavier called her boyfriend who showed up at the scene of the crime and started yelling at the woman, “You were texting, I know you were texting, you are always texting”.
The Emergency Response Team were trying to stabilize Xzavier to transport him to the hospital and this conversation, which was really just this guy screaming at the driver about her awful driving habits until the police asked or suggested the guy leave before he was arrested for interfering with EMT rescue efforts.
Valetta Bradford left a managerial position in corporate America to become her son’s primary caregiver. It was the best decision for her son because the alternative was institutionalization. These are the consequences of distracted driving that innocent people have to pay.
Xzavier’s respirator has to be monitored 24/7.
Valetta just wants her son to have the best day he can possibly have each day from that moment.
Valetta employs a Super Nurse that helps with the care of Xzavier. She usually is with Xzavier during the night shift. Super Nurse is off on the weekends so Valetta has to stay up all night and monitor the respirator every Saturday and Sunday night.
Before all of this befell them, this family had big dreams for Xzavier. At the age of three, Xzavier was a rabid fan of the Green Bay Packers. He was an unusual baby. When most mothers are placing their babies in front of Sesame Street, Valetta was placing her baby in front of a Packers game and it was love at first sight. Xzavier grieved most of all for the loss of this dream. He could call football plays by the time he was four and he wanted to become a linebacker for his team, the Green Bay Packers.
Now we ask you, are you still texting on your devices while you are behind the wheel? This is an epidemic that is killing Americans and all other pedestrians and motorists in other countries as well. This is a world wide epidemic and most people do not live to tell their stories because now they are just statistics.
To meet them is a profound experience in any driver’s life and one that might give them pause before continuing on in a determined course of distracted driving.
So I share the Story of X with you because we have work to do. We cannot leave the campaign against Distracted Driving to the very companies handing out the distractions like candy. There is even a frenzy of apps being produced to encourage drivers to fiddle around with their phones to see how traffic is flowing and whether or not it’s going to rain or some other nonsense that is designed to get eyes off the road and onto the small screens of these devices. The mission of The X-Man Foundation is to educate drivers to the real dangers of using your phones while you are out on the road with an emphasis on texting.
Valetta Bradford turned herself into a spokeswoman because that is the path of the greater good and we need your help to keep Valetta going.
This is a grassroots campaign and it needs to continue. We already have drunk drivers out on the road and we’ve had MADD around since the seventies. We welcome all of you to wake up to what is going on and unlike most of our problems like corrupt governments and rising inflation we as sharers of our roads can actually make a difference one driver at a time. ‘Don’t text for X’ and send in your support to Valetta Bradford and just tell her how you feel about what she is going through and by giving her your support you keep her going and she has just hit a rough patch and could use your help now vs. later.
Your contributions are tax deductible. The X-Man Foundation is a federally recognized non-profit under Section 501 (3)(c). We are staffed 100% by volunteers so your donations go directly to Valetta so she can position herself and Xzavier in front of drivers through the media and through personal appearances at events focused on awareness.
You can reach Valetta at the email address above or you can friend Valetta on Facebook using this link;
This is one mom that just wants to help Xzavier have the best day he can possibly have each day and she wants to reach you with ‘the Story of X’ so that another child will never have to go through what Xzavier has had to go through at the hands of a distracted driver.
God bless you all out there on the roads and always remember ‘Don’t text 4 X’