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Marisa's Purpose: Faith, Hope, & Love

 This past May, my daughter Marisa passed away from drug abuse, making  2016 an extremely hard year for me and leaving our family with very  heavy hearts.

I never thought any of my children would feel the  need to experiment with drugs. I’ve always talked to them about  substance abuse, and constantly let them know they could talk to me  about anything. It’s easy to think something like this will never happen  to us, and if it does, we end up trying to deny the situation or become  embarrassed of the circumstances. The truth is, the drugs kids are now  abusing today are extremely dangerous and easily accessible, leaving  them feeling dependent on the drug and feeling helpless.

Marisa  once told me she felt her purpose in life was to help people, and while I  didn’t quite comprehend what she meant at the time, I now know she  couldn’t have been more right. Marisa may not be here on earth, but her  memory will forever be eternal, and I’m hoping to live out her purpose  through the Marisa's Purpose: Faith, Hope and Love Charity. My hope in  creating this charity is that we can help as many people as possible  stuggling with drug abuse in our local and surrounding communities. 

I’ve  spent countless hours/days researching ways to not only get through to  parents, grandparents, and students but also reach out to those who  could be struggling with addiction. There’s so much information and so  many resources, but thousands of parents, grandparents, sisters and  brothers still remain uneducated and unaware of the drug epidemic  occurring right in our community.

While conducting my research, I came across an organization called, A Man in Recover (AMIR) - From Dope to Hope  , whose mission is to save the lives of opiate addicts first, then  provide new alternatives to keep addicts from relapsing. AMIR finds  treatment for addicts within 48 hours (with or without insurance) and  helps pay for treatment for those who are unable to.

The  foundation was founded by Tim Ryan, a recovering drug addict from  Naperville, Illinois. Tim not only started the organization, but is also  running addiction recovery groups for addicts and families and is the  Chief Marketing Officer for Banyan Treatment Centers. He is a “sober  coach” and frequently speaks to school groups, corporations and others  who care to hear his message.

My goal for 2017 is to raise enough  money to have Tim come to our community and surrounding communities to  share his three unique perspectives on how to keep kids drug free. I  truly believe that his experience and depth of knowledge will help  educate families and am hopeful it will decrease substance abuse  activity in our area. We need to give parents and kids hope!

The  fee for Tim to travel to our community and spend two days educating our  middle school, high school students and parents is $5,000. I would  appreciate any help I can get in reaching this goal, whether it’s a  monetary donation or direction on how to make this happen. Once we meet  our goal, all additional donations will remain in the Marisa's Purpose  Charity. 

Thank you in advance for your time and generosity.  Donations can also be made to Marisa's Purpose Charity through First  State Bank in Monticello.

I hope you’ll join me in my crusade  educating future generations and bringing hope to our community. May  Marisa’s memory be eternal!

With love,
Connie Gyorr and family