Wendy Mills and Carly Moran reminding students to buckle up at one of our seat belt checks. Carly is holding a picture of a close friend who lost his life in a car crash where he was not wearing his seat belt.
Do you have an anecdote about this cause/organization that really moved you?
I never had a personal relationship with Kailee, but I saw how her passing deeply affected the mutual friends we had. In 2015, I also lost a close friend who lost his life in a single car accident where he wasn't wearing a seat belt. I see how Kailee's story is changing lives of people all around us. I love that the Kailee Mills Foundation is turning this tragedy into a powerful legacy for us to remember to never take friends and family for granted and to be selfish about our safety.
Do you have a message to share?
Understanding God's plan can be hard. Trying to understand why someone's life is so short just isn't easy. Whenever I'm struggling, I think back to Psalms 30:2, “Lord, my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” I like to think we are given many purposes to serve on earth. We live every day in God's plan to touch the souls of those around us. When someone so young is called back to God, we feel sadness in all the things that person never got to have. It’s in that sadness we learn to be forgiving and thankful for the moments we did get to have. Even though Kailee is no longer here, she is still serving one of God's purposes for her. She's a reminder to never take a day for granted. Her story will forever touch the souls of those who hear it. Kailee's legacy will always live on, she is saving lives with her story.
What motivates you to stay involved?
Everyday is an opportunity. Each day you wake up with the ability to help someone, to change a life, to make an impact. I always hope to remind others to be thankful for everyday, even if they feel it’s a bad day. Everyday is a fresh start.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m 18 years old and recently graduated from Magnolia West High School. I plan to attend Lone Star College Cy-Fair and study diagnostic sonography. I was a dancer all my life and won a national championship at 15. At the same age, I started competing in pageants. I finally won a title on my 10th try and I’m now Miss Tropics of Texas Teen USA 2018. I have one of the biggest pageant blogs in the industry, @RoadToMissTexasUSA and roadtomisstexasusa.com. I’ll compete in one of my last pageants this November at Miss Texas Teen USA 2019. After that I plan to tryout for either the Houston Astros Shooting Stars or the Houston Texans Cheerleaders. I also created a project called Scents4Seatbelts to help support and raise money for the Kailee Mills Foundation.
What attracted you to this organization in particular? How did you hear about us?
Just hearing Kailee's story is enough for me to want to be a part of the mission to raise awareness about seat belt safety. I heard about the foundation from some of Kailee's friends. I loved that even in the face of sadness and tragedy, there was a greater purpose to be understood. That even though Kailee is no longer on earth with all of us, her legacy is continuing on and saving lives.