Kayla Marie Joiner Foundation
Your Subtitle text

Whenever I need someone to talk to
when my eyes filled with tears and my heart filled with pain
there was no time that I had doubt
to come to you because
I could always see in your eyes that you wanted to help, and that you really cared

whenever I was down and blue
no matter my problems, or what
was wrong
whenever I felt like nothing mattered

now your gone and I don't know what to do
I close my eyes and think of you, and how
it's hard to look at the pictures, and think of the memories we shared
at night I pray and speak to you
I guess you were right when you told me that no matter how far you were
I know one day I will see you again, but till then I have to say, see you later

even though it hurts to hear your name or speak of you
one thing I can always say is

05/29/91 - 10/22/07

Love, Kasidi Lee



If you could save a life, would you?

                 If you could save a life, would you? What if that life was your own? Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Injury Center, in 2004, 4,767 teenagers died in car accidents and 36% of all teenage fatalities were automobile related. Yet, the worst part is how easily these deaths can be avoided.

            Buckle up. It’s two words, so simple, but the importance of wearing a seatbelt is imperative. A seatbelt alone can turn what would be a fatal accident into just a few bumps and scratches. Not wearing your seatbelt is the same as turning down a life jacket when you’re drowning, it doesn’t make much sense. But everyday, people, especially teens, decide that their life isn’t worth the extra second or the limited mobility of a life saver. In 2006 the CDC found that 10% of U.S. teens rarely or never wear seatbelts, and the number is significantly higher for males and minorities.

            A teen’s life can be so hectic. School until three, practice until six, dinner with your girlfriend’s parents right after; you have just enough time to speed home, shower and speed over to Macaroni Grill. But trust me, your girlfriend’s parents would much rather you show up five minutes late than not show up at all. So take the extra time, trim your sideburns, make sure you look presentable – maybe throw on some of that nice cologne she bought you – and most importantly DON’T SPEED. In 38% of all fatal teen car accidents one or both drivers were speeding. Take the time, be a little late, drive in the right lane for once and make sure you reach your destination. Trust me, two minutes isn’t worth $160 not to mention your life.

            Finally, how can you pay this vital advice forward? There are two easy ways. First, if you’re going to do anyone a favor by giving them a ride somewhere -- and if you have a car, I know that you have some of those moocher friends who always need a ride somewhere – make them buckle up. Tell them how important it is to you, tell them how important it is for them, hopefully they’ll remember and tell the next person they hitch a ride with. Also, when you’re driving let someone merge in line in front of you or let someone at a four-way stop go ahead of you. These good deeds will make plenty of people’s day and they will probably remember how someone was nice to them when faced in a similar situation. This means that less people are driving aggressively and rushed and the highways will be much safer for teens and everyone else. All of our eyes have been opened by this tragedy; let’s make sure that Kayla did not die in vain and let’s share what we have learned with our friends, loved ones and complete strangers.

 Written by Billy Morosco


I do not believe we have lost anything from past generations. In terms of all the
Laws of Life, I believe we are practicing a moral turpitude that can only, if continues, lead us on a full course tilt to hell itself. We are still the same greedy, self seeking, savages we were from the start. Better weapons of mass destruction from our forefathers today is the only thing that altered.

  As for young people today, they focus on what we focused on, the need to be independent, to fight for good causes, help all needful people. We are our parents when they thought they could change the world by fighting, loving or changing the system, until slowly they became their parents, as we did, and their grandparents did, at nauseum.

  Of course the values of the Laws of Life are of the utmost importance today. They are the only things that matter, in the cycle of life. We express them “at times” if we have time. Why? Because they are programmed into us but alas, money, greed, avarice, entwines within our daily lives and becomes more engaging and in so doing, the values become lost in the world we have created.  

  My character values have been ingrained in me, through God, love for things that seem lost, basic need for love. My life is precious as is my family. My cousin Kayla, who passed away October twenty second, two thousand seven, age sixteen, who always made me laugh, my grandmother with her funny stories passing away March fourteenth two thousand six--my brother whom five years ago almost died on his motorbike doing 210 miles an hour on April twenty second. Both happiness, extreme sorrow, and the strength to keep going--all these things have influenced my character and has changed me so.

  The most important value to pass on in the Laws of Life, to love one‘s self and others, to help every living creature every day, to use one‘s integrity as God installed in us, to live each day as if it were our last, to be kind to all, to honor your responsibilities, to relate to truth, regardless of the outcome, and to respect one’s self.  To have the courage and self control to face any enemy. If all these values were used daily, this world would not be like it is today. As Jesus said, “Love each other as you love yourself.” or as Kayla would say, “Pay it forward.”        
Written by Sydney Joiner  

I'm Kayla

I live life to the fullest.  Unlike everyone else, I care what people think of me.  I'm 16 & I just want to have fun. Get to know me. It might be worth it. 

Get wasted on love, get wasted on life, get wasted on anything right.  Maybe some woman weren't meant to be tamed; maybe they're supposed to run wild until they find someone just as wild to run with.

I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure don't deserve me at my best.

Life is too short to sit back and worry.

Love, Kayla

Click to enlarge.

Kayla was suddenly taken from us on 10/22/2007 due to a tragic car accident. She wasn’t wearing her seatbelt. She will be missed by all that knew her. She was the shining star of our family.

We  will always remember her for the way she made us feel, happy, giggly, secure, loved, needed and most of all just made us feel good to be in her presence.

Kayla's family has set up this foundation in Kayla's honor to give scholarships to high school students who demonstrate a sincere will to pursue a pediatric nursing curriculum and can get the most pledges from fellow students to wear their seatbelt.
Website Builder