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Patty DiRenzo

In October of 2008 I was diagnosed with progressive stage IV breast cancer. As I was beginning my treatment – which included a double mastectomy followed by chemo and radiation treatments, my son Sal was working on his recovery. Sal struggled with the disease of addiction from his early teen years. … Click Here

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Jennifer

My name is Jennifer, and I am a very grateful recovering addict/alcoholic.
Just as many other kids, I started drinking alcohol when I was 13 years old, because I wanted to be cool, and fit in. My idea of fun was anything outside of my usual boring self.… Click Here

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Christopher Matthew Manning

I am grateful, lucky and privileged to be Christopher Matthew Manning’s father. Christopher was my first born son. It was on his day of birth that I became a father. Even though my physical time with Christopher is over, I still feel very close and connected to him. Here is his story.

Christopher was born on May 14, 1990. He was a good little boy and did well in school. He could play any sport, basketball, baseball, and football. Christopher was also artistic and he could draw the most beautiful pictures and even taught himself how to play guitar.
Unfortunately, at the age of 16, he was struck with the disease of addiction. It started with smoking pot then lead to other illegal drugs and alcohol. I agonized with him on a daily basis through countless recovery centers to stop hurting himself and his family. Sometimes he would hear me, but most of the time he did not. You see during this time I was consumed to fix Christopher from this disease but I could never win the battle to stop it.
Christopher didn’t smile much during these years, but when he did it would light up my world. It gave me such comfort. I now hang onto that smile in my memories and am longing to see it again.

Christopher’s life story should not be about how he died or what he went through, it should be about that man who was a hard worker and had a huge heart for everyone.… Click Here

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Aaron Kucharski

My name is Aaron Kucharski and I have been advocating for solutions to various addiction issues for over eight years.  In those eight years, I have seen people in recovery, family members, prevention and treatment specialists, and law enforcement work separately to advocate for resources to help those suffering from addiction or working to maintain healthy lives in recovery.… Click Here