Thank you so much to everyone that came out and supported the Rising Above Addiction fund raiser tonight! Thank you so much to anyone that took time out of their busy schedules to support this phenomenal cause!!!
Our Westminster, Maryland Texas Roadhouse attendees helped us raise $328.69 and our bake sale raised another $170.00.
1st Annual Rising Above Addiction Softball Tournament in memory of Kristin Spurrier- 2017
Yesterday was wonderful! I hope that you were able to feel the love and support from a community that grieves for you. Your death will not be in vain, and you will never be forgotten.
Your mother talks about how much of a support you were to people who were struggling. She says you always wanted to help others. Kristin, you are now saving lives!
As the balloons for You and Robert were released, they signified freedom from pain and hope for change.
It does not go unnoticed that this is Easter weekend......
A story of a man who was loved by many, yet misunderstood and judged by others. His life was significant but his death is profound; it brought about change and gave people much needed hope. It is said that he had to die so that others could be saved.
Some people are brought into this world for a greater purpose, and although it is excruciatingly painful, it is such an honor to be chosen to care for them while they are here.
Brad, you jumped on board and have become an incredible disciple. Thank you does not begin to express our gratitude. You are an incredible person, and you are changing people's lives. Yesterday was awesome, and you should be proud!
Rest in love and peace Kristen and Robert ❤️
"I am a grateful recovering addict today. I'm writing this letter to show my gratitude to Rising Above Addiction. I'm a 34 year old woman that has used some substances or another since I was 14 years old. This is the first time that I have ever admitted that I have a problem. And this has been a great experience for me. I have been in rehab for 20 days. I'm going to the Stellar House in Annapolis, Maryland tomorrow. I'm so blessed to have been funded by this foundation. I'm moved and so grateful that this foundation has helped me into the Sober House and allowed me to continue my sobriety in a safe environment. So, thank you very much for everything you have done for me."
^^ Gratitude from a Rising Above Addiction recipient! ^^ This fund works!
It's with a very heavy heart that I am announcing my departure from Rising Above Addiction. This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. I feel like it is a child I gave birth to and in many ways it is. I know I will always be a parent to this fund and that can never be taken from me. It gave me an opportunity to heal from the pain of Ryan's addiction by helping others. It will continue to do good things and as the co-founder I will always be proud of my role in it. I am honored to have met so many wonderful people and made connections that I will treasure. I most definitely plan on continuing my passion for helping others with addiction and I look forward to where my path takes me next. God bless you all and keep up the good work.
Best Wishes Always,
Last night I made a new friend. We are two Mothers brought together due to sorrow and grief. Valerie lost her beautiful daughter Kristen to drugs.
As we shared our stories, I felt indescribable emotion. There is an instant and unspoken bond that forms immediately between Mothers who have lost a child. There is a deep understanding of the pain that becomes our constant companion. There is pure and honest sorrow for each other, and the rawest form of vulnerability can be trusted to share. There is no judgment, there are no rules, and there are no time limits to our grief; we can just be who we need to be.
I picture Rob greeting Kristin to a place free of struggles and pain. I picture Rob with a beautiful new friend. I picture them watching over us and helping us to survive. Most of all, I picture them being so proud that their deaths will not be in vain and that they are now helping to save lives.
Thank you Brad for giving two grieving Mothers an opportunity to continue to heal.
Senate bill for opiate distribution death bill - Carroll County is fighting hard! Listen from 6:34 in or the beginning of the bill around 6:25... just click the link below and you will be taken to the video.
Senate Bill #539 | House Bill #687
Tuesday at the House, and now today we are at the Senate testifying in favor of Bill 539. It's great to be a part of helping to make change; changes that will have a huge impact on the future of the war on drugs.
I couldn't be more proud to team up with this bunch! Start watching at 4 hours and 16 minutes and see Carroll County fighting for a change in our heroin epidemic. The Bill starts at 2:58!! House Bill 687 WE HAVE A VOICE!!"
And a special note to Senator Justin Ready - It was both an honor and a privilege to meet Senator Justin Ready. Not only did he take the time to speak with us, he also showed genuine interest and concern for our cause. It is reassuring to know that we have you on our side, fighting for change. Together we are saving lives.