Addiction stole our grandson Daniel’s mother…

Brianna’s now 12 year old son is angry that his mother chose drugs over him. Why wasn’t my mother there for me? Why were drugs more important than me? It rips my heart out to hear her sons’ gut-wrenching sobs. He knows his mother loved him, but that doesn’t bring her back. His words when we told him his mother had gone to heaven when he was 6 years old still haunt me, “I Don’t want my mama to be dead!” Brianna Brandy Millard Smith wanted nothing more than to be sober and be Daniel’s mama. “I’m sorry I screwed up for so long! I just hope that my mistakes aren’t permanent and that I’ll get to be your mommy. I love you forever and ever”. These are words written by her in a journal she left for him that she called “The love book”. Sadly, this was not to be for her to remain sober. The longest she was able to stay away from drugs was 6 months. Brianna Brandy Millard Smith, our daughter, and Daniel’s mother was killed as she walked one evening along highway 138 near Llano, CA. She was struck and killed by a semi-truck. The driver didn’t even know what he hit until he went back and found her body.

Our daughter died alone in the desert on March 30, 2014, this doesn’t have to be you. Not drinking or using are the first steps towards mending your damaged relationships with your family, spouse, employer, and especially your children. Daniel’s mom didn’t get that chance. 

Cross at Brianna’s accident site on Hwy. 138 near Llano, CA. Daniel wanted a cross there, his grandfather built one and erected it at the site.

BBMS Happy Children Memorial Scholarship Fund was founded October 6, 2018, which would have been her 38th birthday. BBMS Happy Children Memorial Scholarship Fund will help with funds towards rent, toys, clothes, and food with the help of Code 7 ministries.  The only requirement is sobriety… The goal of BBMS Happy Children Memorial Fund is to help families in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.  Our daughter, Daniel’s mother,  Brianna was always seeking sobriety with the goal of being a good mother.

“The road to success is always under contruction”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Lily Tomlin​​

Brianna and her autistic son Daniel

The picture above is one of the last pictures of them together at Tarzana Treatment Center in Nov 2013. She was always striving for sobriety. She wanted nothing more than to be a good mom to Daniel

Purpose of Program

Brianna Brandy Millard Smith’s Happy Children Memorial Scholarship Fund provides some financial support to mothers or fathers who are or have received treatment for drug and/or alcohol addiction. Their children must reside with them. They must have completed or be in treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. BBMS Happy Children Memorial Fund will help with funds towards rent, toys, clothes and diapers for their children.

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Brianna Brandy Millard Smith’s Happy Children Scholarship Fund helps mothers or fathers whose children are with them or will be returned to them immediately upon completion of treatment at Treatment Center in Lancaster, CA., Upon completing treatment BBMS Happy Children Memorial Fund will help with funds towards rent be it sober living, apartment, renting a room. Funds towards rent are payable to the landlord. We also provide diapers, toys, clothes for the children that are with their parents…who are in recovery.

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