Donor Impact Report 2019 - Page 14

WHY I GIVE When Accidenta Overdose Takes Your Only Child A mother’s transformative gift ensur her son’s life will help save others Heide M. lost her “caring, talented, super-smart” son, Chip, just when he was loving his new life and helping others find recovery. Just when her relationship with him had grown stronger than ever. Just one week after his 20th birthday. Although Chip had struggled with substance use and mental health challenges since his early teens, he was turning things around. No one was happier than Chip when, at age 19, he marked a full year of sobriety. But then, in an unthinkable foreverinstant, Chip’s life ended. He was found unresponsive in his bedroom. Chip died of accidental overdose. He had apparently taken a street drug unknowingly laced with carfentanil, a synthetic opioid 10,000 times more potent than morphine. LOVE THE PERSON, HATE THE DISEASE As a grieving parent, the more Heide asks herself “why him?” the more she reminds herself: “Everything about addiction makes no sense.” Heide h relearned this pain years of involveme “It’s incr difficult through tho and underst you’re reall with—a dis reflects. A with many “Addiction is a terr disease,” Heide ca scientist. I want fa and reason. But w takes hold of some you can’t make se going on. Why are their relationships sabotaging thems Why are they thro everything good in “It’s incredibly diff through those issu understand what y — 6