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MADD hosts 5K walk

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Hundreds of people attended the Mothers Against Drunk Driving "Walk Like MADD" 5K Walk, Run & Festival at Miami's Tropical Park Sunday morning.

The purpose of the emotional event was to raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and to increase awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence. The event also provided support to both victims and survivors, and served as a remembrance of the lives lost.

"We're here in honor of my brother who was killed in September by a drunk driver," said walker Angelica Green. "So it's still very fresh and dear in our hearts."

Margo Archer, a walker at the event, came out to support Kaely Camacho, who was killed back in April of 2012. "She’s with us every day and she'll have our support forever."

MADD executive director Janet Mondshine, is very proud of MADD's accomplishments and the comfort it offers. "For some, it’s a reunion and they gain strength by being together and also by seeing other families who are in different spaces and places in their grieving."

Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier Souto was generous enough to make a $2,000 donation from his district budget to the cause. "I'm a strong supporter of MADD's ongoing efforts to make the public aware of how drunk driving destroys lives and families, and I'm committed to helping this worthy organization carry on its great work," Commissioner Souto said in a statement. "We need to continue working to stop the senseless tragedies caused by irresponsible drunk driving."

According to MADD, there were 697 drunk driving-related deaths in Florida in 2012.

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