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Recovering addict to speak at Frontline event

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Updated: April 8, 2013 7:23AM



Frontline Foundations staff is committed to providing substance abuse treatment for young people ages 18 to 28 to help them conquer their monsters, and live a long and productive life.

But it takes many dollars to accomplish that mission, so fundraisers are a part of Frontline’s promise to their neighbors in need. Next Saturday, March 16, there is one opportunity you might not want to miss.

It is dinner at the Valparaiso University Harre Union with Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who is aggressively striving to promote activities supporting care and recovery through drug treatment for victims.

This extremely vibrant young man, whose name alone brings awareness, is part of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the World Health Organization, and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. His inspiring message is based on personal experience and unforgettable memories, as he is a recovered addict from alcohol and drug abuse, which began at age 11.

He has lived the life of hell, and his thoughts on awareness, education and hope will be coming from an expert. Lawford has written three books, beginning with “Recover to Live,” followed by “Symptoms of Withdrawal,” and his newest book, “Moments of Clarity.”

It is my sincere hope that the Harre Union is packed. Many of us may not be involved with a drug abuser, but each person who lives in and around our county is in need of knowing where it starts, what it creates and how it can end.

No one can share that information better than someone who has been there and done that with near fatal results. Perhaps Lawford’s words can not only help us understand addiction, but also give us ways to support, and someday, eliminate abuse — especially in young people — before it gets started.

This is the final week to order the $40 tickets; contact Derek Frazier at 728-1638 or email dfrazier@frontlinefoundations.com.

Thank you, Frontline, for giving us the chance to know the beginning of drug abuse, and the ways in which to help through the words of a high-level recovering addict.

One of the groups who support Frontline is Valparaiso Kiwanis Club, whose every dollar raised goes to agencies, nonprofit groups, and individuals in our community, and especially to children with extra-special needs.

There is still time to plan your breakfast for Saturday, March 9, as they sponsor the annual pancake breakfast for the minimal cost of $5 in advance or $6 at the door.

Along with the breakfast will be opportunities for little ones to enjoy activities, cotton candy and door prizes. The meal includes pancakes hot off the griddle, sausage, juice, coffee and milk.

Breakfast will be served from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., so you can start your day with a full tummy, or sleep in and have breakfast for lunch. To purchase advance tickets, call Jon Groth at 531-3170, Ext. 8225.

Mmm! Good!

Now I hope you all have a great day because you deserve it.

Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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