Breaking Barriers - Hope is Alive © 2016 All Rights Reserved | Breaking the Stigma of Addiction
P.O. Box 534 Uniontown, OH 44685
|"Gone But Not Forgotten"
Throughout their senior year, when most students are thinking about what dress to wear to
prom and what college to attend, Amanda, Alaina, and Taylor spent countless hours planning
and preparing for a presentation that would touch not only their community, but communities
all around the area. The girls found guidance and much needed help along the way in
the creation and preparation of the presentation from their guidance counselor at
Lake High School, Mrs. Marshall. She was a tremendous support for the girls as they tried
to deal with their grief through the sharing of their stories and the hope of helping others.
These girls gave an amazingly powerful presentation reliving their stories of
losing their brothers to opiate addiction. It is hard to put into words the emotions that were felt
throughout the packed auditorium at the Lake High School Auditiorium on November 25, 2014
just watching and listening. To see the great number of people in the audience stand up
when asked "who in the room was directly affected by addiction" was unbelievable. Amanda's
mom said it best, "Tonight I saw a community come together. I felt the weight of judgement lifted and
I witnessed three courageous young women take a giant step in changing the world. Thank you...
for your honesty and your belief that you can make a difference...I believe you can Break Barriers!"
The girls continued to give their presentation throughout their senior year to several area
schools, in addition to several events held in the area focused on the opiate epidemic. If you
have not watched the video, it is well worth the 49 minutes and 24 seconds of your time.
Please feel free to share with your children, grandchildren, or students at your school or church.
You can find the link to the video at the bottom of the page.