Phoenix, Arizona - SADD
(Students Against Destructive Decisions) is proud to recognize Sharon Sikora
of Glendale, Arizona, for her
lifetime of courage, passion, and activism.
SADD President and Executive Director Penny Wells presented Sikora with the SADD Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization's 2008 National Conference in Phoenix last month.
is an inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with," said Wells.
By working tirelessly with and for SADD students for over two decades, Sharon
has earned SADD's highest measure of appreciation."
is a great example of turning tragedy into a springboard to help others.
In 1981, the car she
was driving was hit by an impaired driver and became engulfed in flames, causing her
to suffer burns over 95 percent of her
experience fueled a passion to assist and improve the lives of victims of crime throughout not only Arizona but the entire United States.
Since the crash, she has endured more than 70 reconstructive surgeries, but she has also become a leading advocate for the rights of crime victims and youth safety issues.
has dedicated more than 25 years of volunteer service.
She currently sits on the SADD National Board of Directors and the board for the Foundation for Burns & Trauma.
is also involved with Arizona SADD and Phoenix Fire Department Fire Pals.
She established the Arizona State chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
outreach also includes assistance with Nevada Stop DUI and the Roots and Wings organization
, a not-for-profit counseling organization.
"It was wonderful to receive a lifetime tribute for working with the youth of Arizona and the nation.
I believe it is critical to reach out to teens in a positive non-preaching manner," Sikora
Penny Wells and Sharon Sikora
are available for interviews.