On April 18, 2010 at 5:16 am, my life, along with my entire family, changed forever. To this day, I cannot remember the words that the "man in the white coat" said to me as I walked out of the ER room, but I will never forget the words that came screaming out of my mouth as they echoed in slow motion down the hospital corridor "Nooooooooooo.... it wasn't supposed to end this way." I knew, even though I never heard the doctor's words, that my 31 year old son was lying dead on a cold table behind those closed ER doors, and I knew that no parent should ever have to endure such unbelieveable, agonizing sorrow. My heart shattered like glass in a million pieces that chilly spring morning, and I will never find all of the pieces because part of my heart went with my son that day. He let go of God's Hand for a second instance, and he lost his life. In the deepest part of my being, I knew he had relapsed and overdosed and it had taken his life. Six weeks later, the autopsy report confirmed it.
Yes, "getting high" can kill you. It did my son. His passion to talk to the youth about the dangers of alcohol and drugs had now become my mission. A seed was planted deep within my heart, and I became a mother on a mission. In his memory, I will do anything and everything I can to prevent another family from wondering every day for the rest of their lives, "What else could I have done?"
Through the most heartbreaking tragedy of my entire life, God has been faithful, and He has carried me when I could not walk, held my tears when they flowed like a river, and He gave me strength when I felt too weak to face the sunrise. God has been my rock and my hope. He has brought many beautful people into my life who have suffered the same agonizing pain of watching helplessly as a loved one walked the road of addiction. We have cried together, held each other up, and given each other courage. We have bonded in a way that no else could possibly understand. The sorrow in my heart has grown into a passion for helping others.
Never Let Go Ministries will strive to create drug-free communities by educating and bringing awareness, especially to our youth, of the deadly effects of alcohol and drug use, while also supporting family members and those in recovery.
Never Let Go of God's Hand
Never Let Go of the Courage to Say No
We believe that every person is born for a specific purpose in life, and for that purpose to be fulfilled, we need to provide guidance, values, and a strong support system.
We believe, now more than ever, with broken families, suicides, drug and alcohol abuse, and hopelessness, there is a desperate need to bring faith, hope and courage back into society.