FOD has posted a beautiful tribute to @jenleighbarry HERE. I can’t possibly add anything but I did want to say how sad I feel about her sudden passing… much too young… and, from all accounts, at the hands of an impaired driver.
I’ve been a long supporter of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and will make another donation today in Jen’s memory. I’m sure every one of us knows someone who’s been affected by these senseless crimes… yes, crimes. MADD campaigns to stop impaired driving from happening, to raise awareness of the issue while providing support for victims and their families.
This tragedy reminds me of all the wonderful people I’ve met just by being a fan of an incredibly gifted singer. Some I’ve never met in person (like Jen), while others have become true friends. I’m grateful for that more than words can say.
I plan to try harder not to take this gift for granted, to show extra kindness and be thankful for every single blessing.
As the lovely Jann Arden put it:
Count your blessings and then do a recount cause they're that good
— jann arden (@jannarden) July 6, 2015
I follow Jen on Instagram and when she’d post her sports action shots, I usually did a double-take realizing they were her photos, not regrams from professional sports photographers… sad thing is, I never told her that.