© Lynn Carey Saylor / SSRC, Inc 2014 “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I am a huge animal lover and a big advocate of  the “adopt don’t shop” concept. My most recent pet rescues are Cody & Cassi, beautiful brother & sister Japanese Chin puppies who were abandoned and I found out about through the RescueMe.Org. They do great work finding homes for animals in need! Please support their efforts!  I wrote the song “I Wasn’t a Friend” with the sole intention of making people think about the potential consequences of not stopping a friend or loved one from driving drunk. When I was 16, I saw 4 teens about my age killed instantly right in front of me when the car they were in was hit head on by a drunk driver. I was in the car just behind theirs. It could have just as easily have been me that got hit. The drunk driver walked away from the crash. It was a horrible site that I am still haunted by to this day. “I Wasn’t A Friend” appears on my CD “You Like It Clean” and is available on iTunes, Amazon, etc., as a single.  This photo is from a media event I did for RADD (Recording Artists & Athletes Against Drunk Driving) at Universal City Walk.             Cody & Cassi I have raised money for and participated in several MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) walk events, as well as having appeared as a complimentary entertainment performer. Rob Videtto of Rob’s Guitar Works made this beautiful, one-of-a-kind guitar, which is customized with a MADD logo on the headstock, for me to sign the back of and to donate for auction to MADD at their Raleigh, North Carolina walk event on March 29th, 2008. I ran the auction online prior to the event, as well as taking bids during the walk. I also performed after the walk. Pictured at left with the guitar is Tonya Durr, who was the winner of the auction. Her 19-year-old brother Johnathon Ferguson, who was a guitar player himself, was sadly killed by a drunk driver in October 2005.  “Hold On And Breathe” is a song I wrote specifically for anyone suicidal or depressed. The lyrics of the song can viewed or downloaded at this link. The song, as recorded by teen Country artist Charissa Mrowka, can be previewed and downloaded at CD BABY and iTunes. “Hold On And Breathe” has earned several songwriting accolades, induding an honorable mention at the noted Song of the Year songwriting contest. For the first two years after the song’s release I donated a portion of the download proceeds to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP.org). I have also been participating the last few years in raising funds for the WITH HOPE THE AMBER CRAIG MEMORIAL FOUNDATION suicide prevent charity based in Orange, California. The most recent event I participated in was their 7th Annual Walk With Hope and the walk team I participated with, “Team Chris and Erin”, collectively raised the most amount of money ($3,775) of all teams participating in the event. Paul Rodgers (of Free/Bad Company) and I with the SPG guitar that he, guitarist Howard Leese (Heart), drummer Chris Slade (AC/DC), and other performers at a charity benefit held at the Avalon theater in Hollywood signed for me to auction for the benefit of the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation. This foundation raises funds for the families of fallen LAPD officers. I was endorsed by the guitar company at the time and this guitar was one from my personal collection which I donated for this event. The winning bid was $1,200.00 and the entire amount went to the foundation.