On November 5, 2014, my world came crashing down when my beautiful 26-year-old daughter, Brittany Hallett, of Milton, died after losing her battle with alcohol dependency that had consumed her last few years on this earth.

Why why why why why?

There will never be an answer that will be able to console me or the rest of her family and friends. Not a minute of any day goes by without my heart aching to have her back again.

She wasn’t a terrible person. She was beautiful, intelligent and loving. She desperately wanted to beat this disease, but it was too overwhelming for her to survive it.

To all of Brittany’s family and friends and to all concerned people reading this, I ask that you honor Brittany during the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) Alcohol-Free Weekend, April 3-5, by refraining from drinking alcohol during that time.

This is a good weekend to test the theory…”Can I stop drinking for three days in a row?” If you can’t stop…then please consider getting help NOW. I strongly encourage everyone reading this to check out their web site at: www.ncadd.org.

During this weekend, please consider taking steps to be sure you drink as responsibly as possible in the future. I’m not advocating that everyone needs to stop drinking forever. Just be aware that this is a very real and present danger to you and the people you love.

Please be conscientious about the frequency and volume of alcohol that you consume and take action immediately in cutting back if you believe it might be getting out of control. Do it while you still have the power to control it!

If you are already struggling down the dark path of alcohol dependency, please get help IMMEDIATELY since alcohol dependency is a progressive disease.

That means that with each drink that you consume, it only makes it harder and harder to stop. Time is of the essence in giving you the best chance possible of gaining control over this deadly affliction. Go to groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or get professional help or rehab. If you don’t know who to call, then call Rock County Crisis Intervention at (608) 757-5025. They can put you in touch with many resources.

I don’t want another mother, father, brother, sister, spouse or child to go through the devastating loss that I will have to endure for the rest of my life. It is a loss that will never diminish.

My solace is to help prevent others from going through this nightmare and to help those that are suffering from alcohol dependency get the help they need.

If my lifelong commitment to making a difference can save even one life, then I can live with that. Maybe it will be your life that is that one! This will be Brittany’s legacy.

I would like to thank the medical teams from the Milton and Milton Township Fire Department, the officers from the Milton Police Department, and so many of the staff at Mercy Hospital in Janesville that helped Brittany so many times. I appreciate all that you did for her.

Thank you for all of the love and support that people throughout the Milton area have shown to me and my family. It has been the strength that helps to keep us going. Please honor Brittany this weekend by making a difference in your own life.

Jenny Hallett,

Mother of Brittany Hallett

Editor’s note: Jenny Hallett is the advertising account representative for

The Milton Courier.

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