Celebrate with us for ‘Xzavier Day’ on October 11th of 2014 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

'Xzavier Day' will be proclaimed by Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee on October 11, 2014

Mayor Tom Barrett will proclaim October 11th of 2014 'Xzavier Day' for the City of Milwaukee

Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee will proclaim October 11th of 2014 ‘Xzavier Day’ for the City of Milwaukee.

I want other venues to host ‘Xzavier Day’ by Skype.  You will need skype equipment and a group and your group can send their love to Xzavier and his family live on ‘Xzavier Day!’

'Xzavier Day' will be proclaimed by Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee on October 11, 2014

We are well into the planning of this event and we have only been able to raise $225 dollars in one month by five people.  That’s not much of a party.  This is a one time event for a nine year old who has spent almost half of his life paralyzed from the diaphragm down and he now depends on a respirator to breathe and a strict health regimen to keep living because a driver was texting.

http://gofundme.com/xzavier

Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford with Xzavier Davis-Bilbo on the day that Milwuakee news teams helped recover Shi Shi the service dog

And on October 11th Xzavier Davis-Bilbo will be honored for his work in the ‘It Can Wait’ campaign and the ‘Don’t text for X’ campaign by Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee.

You can honor Xzavier too.  Xzavier stands for those victims who cannot reach out to you even if he has to stand for them from his wheelchair.  Xzavier only has partial use of his hands.  His mother quit her managerial position in corporate America to become Xzavier’s primary caretaker.  No institution for the son of Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford because Valetta is a boss lady.  Read about what this family has overcome at this link:

Xzavier DAvis-Bilbo is reunited with his help dog after the Milwaukee news stations rally around his mother Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford who pleads for the return of her son's companion.

http://themightyxman.wordpress.com

Maybe next year we can have ‘Valetta Bradford Day!’  She started The X-Man Foundation to educate drivers away from distractions because Valetta believes education is the answer.   The X-Man Foundation is a federally recognized non-profit and 100% of your donation goes to this advocacy work of educating drivers about the dangers of distracted driving with an emphasis on texting.

The red X pin logo copyright 2014 by Valetta Bradford

Now Xzavier is a reader but most of all Xzavier is a Green Bay Packers Fan!  I am of the opinion that Xzavier should have mounds and mounds of presents on ‘Xzavier Day!’  Anything with a Green Bay Packers logo will become a cherished possession for X.  “Games, it’s always games with Xzavier.”  his mother Valetta has said.

I would like to see Xzavier get that vintage Nintendo game with a copy of ‘Banjo and Kazzoie’.  That would make my day.

You can send your unwrapped gitts to:

Valetta Bradford

PO Box 06061

Milwaukee, WI 53206

And you can donate on-line to make ‘Xzavier Day’ the best day we can possibly make it!

hppt://xzavierday.wordpress.com

Thank you,

that Lady down in Texas

volunteer for The X-Man Foundation

P.s.  Valetta invites you to friend her on Facebook.

http;//facebook.com/valettabradford

Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford is an advocate against distracted driving with an emphasis on texting

http://vacebook.com/valettabradford

 

 

 

Mayor Leffingwell of Austin says ‘It Can Wait’

Mayor Leffingwell uses his cell phone. He is not behind the wheel of a car.

Yesterday on KXAN Mayor Leffingwell announced the City of Austin is ready to take the pledge, ‘It Can Wait’.

Mayor Leffingwell urges Austin drivers to pay attention to the road.

Nationally, 1.3 million people are killed each year due to cell phone use while driving. Texting is especially dangerous and has been proven to be just as dangerous as drunk driving.   It only takes a second of distraction to end a life.

So today our Mayor is taking the pledge and pleading for all Austinites to take the pledge with him, ‘It Can Wait’ and it really can.

This announcement  is good news in light of another city campaign titled ‘Watch the Walk’ that put out a few PSA’s and then fizzled out due to lack of funding is my good guess.   I can’t even find ‘Watch the Walk’ on a Google search now and I was real excited about it when it rolled out because when I worked in the building next door to the State Capitol every night at 5 p.m. I can’t even tell you how many times I was almost killed inside the confounds of that crosswalk on 11th street.  Those drivers were in a hot hurry to get home and they would honk at pedestrians leaving the grounds of the State Capitol and that just didn’t set well with me.   If these drivers cannot respect that the pedestrians have the walk sign and they are in the crosswalk those drivers should just wait their turn.  This is usually not the case and it appears to me that these drivers forgot their lessons in driving school that says pedestrians always have the right of way.

If we could get one day of law enforcement to watch that one crosswalk on 11th Street (undercover) there would be a few dozen arrests in one day.  I know this because I would sit on that bus bench and watch them come close to hitting folks in that crosswalk and that crosswalk is in front of the State Capitol.

This is a difficult campaign to promote because drivers want to use their cell phones while they sit in traffic and everyone seems to think these reminders are for the other guy.   Everyone thinks this.  Everyone I know uses their cell phones while they are behind the wheel.   The Austin Police Department has computers mounted next to the their steering wheels so they do not set an example.  (I know this because I have a friend on the force,  I’ve never ridden in an APD car).

The most powerful story we have at this time to warn drivers away from these behaviors is ‘the Story of X’

http://thestoryofx.wordpress.com

Follow the link above and see if you agree.  The family of  Xzavier  has agreed to go public with his story because  his story should inspire  drivers to  give pause before bringing those little temptations with them when they drive.  Xzavier is so brave to face his future and include you, the least you can do is pay attention.   That’s a good place to start,  Austin.  Remember Xzavier before you take that call or text that loved one and ‘Don’t text for X’.

the Space Shuttle passes over the Capitol

Let’s get it started in here, Austin Texas.

You can now donate on-line to the X-Man Foundation at the link below;

http://gofundme.com/xzavier

 

Wheelchair Lift on Xzavier’s van is broken.

Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford is the founder of The X-Man Foundation

I spoke with Valetta last night and she tells me that she and X have had to resort to riding public transportation because the wheelchair lift on their van is broken.

Xzavier is the nine year old boy behind The X-Man Foundation, a federally recognized non-profit that Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford started after her son was paralyzed at the hands of a distracted driver.

http://gofundme.com/xzavier

Machines will break down. Please all of you who read this article, donate whatever you can be it a dollar or a thousand dollars to help these two advocates get back out there. Their mission is to educate drivers away from a course of determined distractions and most drivers think these warnings are for the other drivers and I’m not sure if anyone is watching the road anymore.

Marsay Davis give Xzavier Davis-Bilbo a trim.

The most powerful deterrent we have at this time is The Story of X.  Read a bullet list of their journey at this link;

http://themightyxman.wordpress.com

I have ridden public transportation many, many times and there is waiting for the bus, crowded conditions, and Jazzy Fosho says ‘The devil is always on the bus’.  Send me a request in the comment section and I’ll tell you a few of our stories about that.

Valetta quit her managerial position in corporate America to become Xzavier’s primary caretaker and she tries to make every day the best one she can make for Xzavier.  One or two trips on the bus might make for a fun day but the stress and limitations involved in riding the bus will not make for the best day.

Xzavier Davis-Bilbo is a paralyzed nine year old advocate against distracted driving

What would be wonderful would be for Valetta and X to get a new wheelchair accessible van.  The one they have now is breaking down all the time.  We have got to keep them shored up and willing to forsake their privacy and share their time making the streets we all share safer.

They make this look easy when it is anything but.  Having to deal with this broken lift just made everything harder.  And we are planning ‘Xzavier Day!’  Valetta and X have to get around for that.

If you decide not to donate, could you at least share this article with someone you know who might donate?  This lady would really appreciate your generosity.

http://gofundme.com/xzavier

 

Sexy Dr. Macchiarini

Dr. Paolo Macchiarini is a surgeon using artificial tracheas for trnasplants

I just saw ‘Leap of Faith’ a documentary on the ever so sexy Dr. Paolo Macchiarini by Meredith Vierra, I love her.

Meredith follows Dr. Macchiarini’s pioneering invention of an artificial trachea developed with stem cells from the patient.  This is amazing news for all those in need of transplants and miracle repairs.  We are on the brink of ending pain, death, and suffering for the seriously ill among us which is so many.

 

I recommend you watch this wonderful documentary because it brings hope.  Thank you Dr. Macchiarini

Watch ‘Leap of Faith’ featuring Dr. Paolo Macchiarini interviewed by Meredith Vierra at this link;

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/a-leap-of-faith/full-episode-leap-faith-n143271

 

Dr. Macchiarini is a dead ringer for one of my lost boys.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paolo_Macchiarini

 

Personal Legend as told by Paulo Coelho and why it is imperative you pay attention.

Paulo Coelho wrote this little gem called ‘The Alchemist’.  I finished it a couple of days ago and it’s one of those stories you never forget.  In this tale a young boy sets out to find his treasure.  The boy is aided by mysterious figures along the way and he makes sacrifices to follow what is known as ‘Personal Legend’.  Bill Clinton was photographed reading ‘The Alchemist’. Julia Roberts has gone on record as saying it’s a favorite of her books.   Perhaps for them it was an after the fact thing because it appears to me they have found their treasures by following the omens that lead them to treasures.

Following ‘omens’ may not be a far fetched idea.  The notion that the entire Universe will align itself with the desires of one who follows their Personal Legend is well known in many varied schools of thought.  I’ll give you a clue;  ‘Find your enthusiasm and follow that.  It will lead you to your treasure and that is how simple it is to follow your own Personal Legend.’  I’m also fond of telling the youngsters, “Pursue your dreams.  Wishing is well, but pursuit is necessary.”

I am passionate about writing.  My treasure is a finished novel, a pursuit that has yet to be realized.  Never fear, dear readers, I am still in hot pursuit of my treasure despite the obstacles I have had to overcome and the distractions I too must fend off.  Not to mention, writing is hard. Obstacles are not necessarily what they seem.  Sometimes the very obstacle that  tests your resolve the most is the very obstacle that leads you to your treasure, go ahead and read ‘the Alchemist’.

In my case, I was pecking away at my keyboard with the TV on and there was Valetta Bradford and her son Xzavier Davis-Bilbo on a PSA.  Valetta opened with ‘His legs are gone’.  I looked up at the TV.  Valetta is talking about her son’s serious injuries and something inside me broke.  I have to admit I jumped up from my seat and I flipped the TV completely off.  I shook with the horror of what I had just heard this mother describe.  I resolved to never look at this story again right then and there.  I listened to music the rest of the night just to avoid ‘the Story of X’.

That next morning at 4 a.m. I woke and began to sob.  For hours.  Something in me had broke for real.   By 7 a.m. I was on Google looking for Valetta and X but Google had very little to offer.  I searched through the ‘It Can Wait’ youtube videos and found another PSA.  I wanted to make a donation to this family, that’s why I was searching.  Someone had posted the PSA and misspelled Xzavier’s name with a ‘J’ instead of a ‘Z’.   That lead me to a blog where some horrible racist was using the PSA to promote the most offensive comments, about thirty people taking part, or was it just the one troll using different accounts?  Whatever.  I’ve been around the internet block a time or two and knew better than to leave my own comment in that pool.  Instead I resolved right then and there to correct the mistake that the well meaning person at AT&T had made.  I would flood Google with the truth about  ‘the Story of X’ and I would turn the websites over to his mother, Valetta.

I became an investigative reporter.  Turns out, I’m pretty good at it.  First I made the website ‘Xjavier’s PSA’ and then I made ‘the Swear Jar for X-Man’ before I actually found Valetta on Facebook.  It was a two week search before I found her.  I retained the url with the misspelled name because others may have been mislead with an incorrect spelling.   Now I want to tell you about the ‘omens’ that were guiding me.  It was all those racist comments and youtube comments that were so damn stupid.  It all fueled my drive to give this family an internet presence that would help people listen to their message.  My ‘intuition’ told me that if their story affected me so profoundly, then ‘the Story of X’  may be our only hope.   This was just a secondary thought though because really I just wanted to go to them and lend a hand with all the work they have to do now.  If I was their neighbor, I would be bringing casseroles over and pitching in with the dishes and laundry.  I knew that Valetta had brought her son home rather than institutionalize him because in my research I found the ‘Pantherdise’ benefit on youtube but the website for ‘Pantherdise’ had a disconnected phone number and no one ever wrote me back from their website.  It would be months later when I found out that the ‘Pantherdice’ benefit did not meet it’s objective to raise money for a new wheelchair accessible van so badly needed at this time.  Xzavier hits his head coming and going and the engine needs repair.

And I also wrote quite a lot of articles demonizing this Distracted Driver and proffering suitable punishments for her gross negligence.  Months later I would delete these articles.  Not because I had changed my opinions.  No.  She should be in prison and I will not falter on that stance.  Keep in mind, Texas raised me.  I also saw many comments during my research that bespoke of forgiveness and the power of healing.  I looked at those comments and wanted to scream.  In fact, I did quite a bit of screaming in my back forty over this ‘Story of X’.   I deleted those punishment articles because Valetta had found middle ground and I made the websites for Valetta.  It’s not like Valetta can legally seek retribution on the woman who damaged her son irrevocably.   Then Valetta would be sent to prison and Xzavier would be institutionalized.   Look at this position closely.  That’s what Valetta did during the nine surgeries Xzavier had to have to extend his life in the restricted zone.  He is paralyzed from the diaphragm down and he lost his left lung.

I continue to promote this family and I realized that I have turned myself into an advocate against Distracted Driving.  You can bet I’m driving my friends and family crazy with my warnings.  I make no apology.  Watch the damn road.   I’ve turned my Facebook page into an advocacy platform.  This is where my enthusiasm drives me, promoting this kid Xzavier because he survived.  Listen to him.  You cannot hear a statistic.  Xzavier is a spokesman right there along with his mom Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford.  They accept every speaking engagement that comes their way.

This is how Valetta copes.  She once told me that when she wakes up every morning she allows herself that moment to think ‘This never happened to us.  Everyone is okay.’  Then reality sets in and the only reason she can get herself out of bed is her own enthusiasm for changing the world one driver at a time.  Valetta understands that her message is powerful.  I agree that it is a good thing that others share their stories and that beautiful celebrities get on board with the ‘It Can Wait’ campaign but it is nothing I can become enthusiastic about.  As far as I can tell, the ‘It Can Wait’ campaign is a dull thing producing little results.  What we need is consequences for drivers who kill and maim and tell your loved ones, ‘Don’t text for X‘.   Share this article and don’t text for X and don’t call them when you know they are on the road.

I got involved because I felt a drive to do so.  I followed my enthusiasm and in return I have become a much better writer.  My advocacy work is not an obstacle to my objective.  It is part of my journey on my way to my treasure.  I will be a writer.  I am a writer.  I am on course.   And perhaps this work will save a life and if you can’t get enthusiastic about that, well then, you probably use your cell phone while you drive.

Paulo Coelho states in this book that if one alters another’s Personal Legend, then that one is forever set off course in his or her own life and will never realize their own Personal Legend.  This is also called ‘Karma’.  The distracted driver who is guilty of injuring Xzavier is also guilty of altering Xzavier’s Personal Legend.  Xzavier is passionate about ‘the Green Bay Packers’ from the early age of three.  Valetta says he was calling plays then.  While Xzavier was grieving the loss of his legs and lung, he was also grieving the loss of his Personal Legend.

Xzavier was supposed to grow up and become a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers.

 

Shi Shi is returned via the animal shelter after local Milwaukee news stations rally around Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford who pleads for her return.

Xzavier DAvis-Bilbo is reunited with his help dog after the Milwaukee news stations rally around his mother Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford who pleads for the return of her son's companion.

If you have already read the previous article , then you saw my mention of the homicidal actions against the children of Milwaukee playing in their neighborhood playgrounds.  One little girl was shot in the neck, destroying her ability to swallow and I’m sorry,  I cannot report any more on  that story or the one that follows, the little girl I mentioned who was shot in the head.  I am made of some pretty tough stuff but even I have my limits.

I can’t even imagine the plight of inner city residents having to deal with drive-bys that are very likely going to end the lives of their children.   I mention these children though because we are talking about PLAYGROUNDS.  Xzavier was crossing the street to the playground when a driver plowed over him in the confounds of a crosswalk ripping his five year old hand from his then 13 year old sister’s hand.  (Also I mentioned these two attempted homicides against children because the local Milwaukee news stations were covering the Playground shootings  at the exact time Shi Shi, the help dog for Xzavier was taken).

But the news stations did come.  They reported the story of the missing Shi Shi along with pleas for anyone who knew anything to contact the local animal shelter and return this very important dog to Xzavier.  It’s not because she accompanies Xzavier and is able to open doors for him or retrieve things for him.  It’s not because Shi Shi is trained to respond to beeps from his respiratory monitor, which must be monitored 24/7 and caretakers have to visit kitchens and restrooms from time to time so this family in their thoroughness relies on Shi Shi’s services in this regard.  But no, it’s none of those things.  Shi Shi is Xzavier’s dog.

He’s lost so much already in his young life.  Before the tragedy that moved Xzavier into the restricted zone,  as a young four year old, Xzavier had big dreams of becoming a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers and I believe he would have realized this dream.

Now Xzavier travels to different places to speak against the dangers of Distracted Driving.  His presence is enough and his mom Spokeswoman Valetta Bradford does most of the talking but Xzavier is really coming into his element and as he grows up we will all watch him become one of the most effective spokesmen in the world against this deadly epidemic.

Thank you Milwaukee News teams for your assistance.  Every time you cover this saga, you are bringing the world into a safer place one driver at a time.

‘Don’t text for X’

 

 

 

 

Today I’m investigating Milwaukee

So I am spitting nails down here in Texas over this dognapping of Shi Shi, Xzavier’s dog.   She was taken from their yard this week.

There have been no leads in this case.

What can I do from Texas?  I realized I have the internet at my command and the local news station that has promoted Valetta and the Story of X hasn’t responded to her plea for help.   Okay, I’m writing them a strongly worded letter today.  Then I started thinking what would be even more effective?  How about ask the Milwaukee police to assign a detective to this dognapping case and here is my reasoning for asking something like this, because as a paralegal, of course I know the police do not investigate dognappings, burglaries, (they won’t even take fingerprints, that only happens on TV), car jackings, etc. , etc.  But I can appeal to their compassions, I can point out that Valetta and X are local heroes in Milwaukee and finding their Shi Shi will generate good press.  Hell, such a story might even go viral, ‘Local Milwaukee Police use sniffer dogs to locate and return help dog stolen from Xzavier’s backyard!’

So I Google the Milwaukee police and I find this story about a ten year old  girl who caught a stray bullet to her head in the playground.  Milwaukee residents live in a very cold climate and when the weather warms up of course everyone wants to go outside and play.   Xzavier was on his way to the playground with his 13 year old sister on such a nice day in October 10th of 2010 when he was struck by a distracted driver who was texting and now he is paralyzed and living on a respirator.

This is Sierra Guyton, the ten year old girl who  is currently fighting for her life in a hospital.  There was another child shooting incident a couple of days before this,  so I guess the local news and police stations are a little busy right now.  Here is the link to that story;

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/mayor-tom-barrett-takes-fire-on-police-staffing-levels-b99275760z1-260258221.html

And here is an excerpt from the story;

Nicholas Tatumn, 23, said it was normal for people to brandish guns in daylight.

“You just close your eyes and duck,” Tatumn said.

Tatumn had just dropped off his young children — ages 1, 2 and 4 — at the Next Door Foundation and Head Start centers just around the corner from the school when he heard the news about the shooting.

“It’s the second time in two weeks that young kids have been hit by gunfire,” he said. “Some structure needs to be put down. Bring back the gun laws. We need enforcement in the inner city. It’s almost like we need two policemen on every block.”

I cannot imagine people live like this but of course I know they do.  The infamous inner city crimes of major cities all have these types of conditions.  No wonder we make movies about zombies just spreading their venom indiscriminately  to all who cross their paths.  This actually happens on this kind of scale in inner cities.  They are non-humans amongst us reeking of putrid breath and evil intent and even little kids are not safe.

I’m still going to contact the Milwaukee authorities and news stations and ask for their help in bringing Shi Shi home.   My thought is that a retired officer may want to volunteer to use a sniff dog to find Shi Shi.