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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/17 - Tiffany Ewen - Age 25 yrs - Greeley, Colorado

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2016/02/17 - Tiffany Ewen - Age 25 yrs - Greeley, Colorado

Submitted by: Bonnie Ewen - Parent

Name: Tiffany Ewen
State:  Colorado, 80634

Date of Passing: 02/17/2016
Date of Birth: 08/2111/1990
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Tiffany had a heart of gold who blessed everyone she came in contact with. She cared so much for and helped others. She was artistic and talented. She enjoyed singing, playing guitar, acting and drawing. She had a close relationship with her family, especially with her mother. She had an amazing sense of humor. She loved to read and especially loved the Harry Potter series.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Tiffany became addicted to painkillers that her doctor was handing out to her like candy. This eventually turned into a heroin addiction. She got clean in March of 2013 and stayed clean for 18 months. She relapsed and overdosed, but her mother who checked on her got her to the hospital in time. She then moved to Colorado to go to treatment. She relapsed a few times, but then stayed clean for around a year. She relapsed approximately 2 months before her death, unbeknownst to her family. She died of a heroin overdose on 2/17/2016.


What Made Them Smile?

Her family and friends. Funny TV shows and movies. She was an avid fan of Lady Gaga and saw her in concert twice. Anything Lady Gaga made her smile. So did singing and music.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything. I miss everything about her. Her voice, her laughter, conversations with her, her love and spirit, her sense of humor. I miss everything.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I miss you so much my baby girl. I love you always forever. I know you are always with me. Please keep sending me signs that you are ok.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/07 - Steven Walsh - Age 31 yrs - Warren, Michigan

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12/0715 - Steven Walsh - Age 31 yrs - Michigan

Submitted by: Connie DeMetsenare - Parent

Name: Steven Walsh
State:  Michigan, 48088

Date of Passing: 12/0715
Date of Birth: 11/04/84
Age: 31 

Tell Us About Them:

Steven Walsh was more than a death certificate, Steve was bigger than life.
I knew this day was coming, I have been battling to keep him alive for the past 5 years. I went on the roller coaster ride of his life, as a mother, it is your job to keep your children safe.
I realized that night that my life has forever changed. I have spent the last 5 years with only one goal. Keeping him alive. I have neglected my family, my home, my job, my friends and myself.
Steve loved, passionately. If you were his friend, you were his friend. It didn't matter what color you were, what sexual preference you had, what you did for a living. He loved you.
His legacy is that everyone is different, everyone has a worth and everyone was worthy of love. Period.
I grieve for my son, I grieve for his friends, his children, but mostly I grieve for what he could have been.
Steve was more than just a bipolar drug addict. He was my son. He was a brother, a father, a friend. He was a fellow human that felt pain and happiness and he was too much for this world.
Your energy is back to the cosmos, Steve. Fly free. Rest your head and feel the love you have left behind.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Steve had been off and on heroin for years, he would get off of it and then something would happen and right back to it he ran. His last few months alive, he overdosed multiple times, barely surviving each one. Until the last... God, I miss him so much!


What Made Them Smile?

Steve was a performer, he loved his craft and loved to make people feel his energy. He loved to challenge your thoughts on different subjects and would debate for hours on anything. He loved science; he had an incredible brain.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything. There is not one thing more important than the other. I will say I miss his voice, his love he showed me daily.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

This is hard to answer, we are Atheist, and therefore do not believe in angels.
I don't have to say anything else to him, we said it all before he died. We both knew this day was coming, we talked at great lengths about it. I am comfortable that all that needed to be said was said.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/08/25 - Alyssa Maluski - Age 21 yrs - New Britain, Connecticut

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2015/08/25 - Alyssa Maluski - Age 21 yrs - New Britain, Connecticut

Submitted by: Dean Maluski - Parent

Name: Alyssa Maluski
State:  
Connecticut, 06051
Date of Passing: 08/25/2015
Date of Birth: 05/31/1994
Age: 21 

Tell Us About Them:

Alyssa was a fairly quiet child. Right from the start it amazed us that she didn’t complain too much, no sleepless nights trying to get the little one to sleep. When we tucked her into bed she would cuddle in and as we turned out the lights saw a happy content face drifting off to sleep.  As a young child when grandma would come to visit she would bring presents for her grandkids. Alyssa would not harp grandma with expectation or excitement, instead she would patiently wait for her gift but show appreciation when she got it.

When she was in her adolescence she let her grades slip. We knew she was very smart but couldn’t seem to get her motivated in school. Midway through high school she had an awakening on her own and decided to start trying and oh boy did she. Through junior and senior years she maintained a 4.0 average, even taking a few extra credits to make up for her poor grades earlier in her high school graduating on the honor roll in 2012. From junior year onward she bonded very closely with her dad and we had many good times talking well into the night on various subjects.

While a senior in high school she got a job at a pizza shop. She ran the counter and as she gained more experience the owner who was very busy with family and another job in a large part let her run the business. I used to tell her she could own her own pizza shop someday. Her response was “No Way, it’s too hot in the kitchen and I don’t want to smell like pizza all the time.” I agreed with her since she had great ability I knew she could do great things once she gained her education.

Alyssa had a big heart, she looked out for others and would go many extra miles to see that the ones she cared about were taken care of physically and emotionally. She read a great deal and was also a deep thinker. When in a group of people she wasn’t the talker but the silent one that patiently listened. When challenged to many peoples surprise she had absorbed everything said and would speak her opinion which was generally on target with well thought accurate statements. She was very intelligent with a warm heart and very sensitive. When someone hurt her feelings she would bury her sadness so many times even though she was hurting she didn’t let it show.   Alyssa was very independent, despite her addiction near the end of her life she saw to it that she earned her own way. There was never an issue with enabling her as she asked for nothing but love. 


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Alyssa got hooked on dope in the fall of 2013. We were unaware of her addiction until she moved home in February 2014. We tried immediately to get her into rehab but she was not ready and continually dodged committing to go. In late June of 2014 she had a few felonies charges in front of her. At that time I convinced her to go to rehab in an effort to get the charges dropped. She went to rehab in Florida for 30 days. From there she went into a sober house. After several weeks she got kicked out for using. She went back into rehab until January of 2015. From there she moved in with a few friends she had made in rehab. She continued to use Heroin in Florida. In April of 2015 she moved back to CT. She and her boyfriend got jobs and lived in a hotel until late July of 2015 when they could no longer work as they were dope sick. August 1st of 2015 she went back to rehab in Florida for 30 days. She flew home on a Thursday evening in late August. Friday I gave her a ride to an AA meeting. On Saturday we let her drive herself to a meeting. She apparently went and hooked up that night. On Sunday morning she seemed like she was getting high again. I had a long conversation with her on Sunday evening about her plans, her higher power and how much we loved her and wanted a good life for her. On Monday she got a syringe. Monday evening after an NA meeting she went out for awhile with one of her sober friends. She got dropped off at home about 1 AM Tuesday August 25th. In the morning her sister went into her room to check on her an found her deceased from an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl


What Made Them Smile?

Kittens, dogs, strawberries and ribs on the grill.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Good conversations and working on projects together.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

We love you! Our family is struggling to carry on but it will never be the same without you.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon
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Heroin Memorial - 2014/01/10 - Danton Stalnaker - Age 21 yrs - Toledo, Ohio

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2014/01/10 - Danton Stalnaker - Age 21 yrs - Toledo, Ohio

Submitted by: Bernadean Stalnaker - Parent

Name: Danton Stalnaker
State: Ohio, 43605
Date of Passing: 1/10/2014
Date of Birth: 7/31/1992
Age: 21

Tell Us About Them:

Danton is the oldes out of my two sons, he was a good guy he worked hard and would do anything for you if you asked him. He loved his family and his friends, he also had a one of a kind sense of humor. He was love by many people.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Danton had been doing drugs since he was 17 after he graduated he moved to his dads house where his drug dealer lived across the street in his uncles house. He tried rehab but after one day they told him he had to leave because he didn't show signs of withdraw and also because of insurance. A couple months before he passed away he tried on his own to stop using but it did not work and he passed away.


What Made Them Smile?

Depending on the day and who he was with


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss him not being here every day, talking to him, telling him "I love you" and and his response back to me "I love you to mom", missing that text saying Happy mothers day mom or happy birthday mom there is so much I miss about him.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you so much miss you and wish you were still here

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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 Below is a video our nonprofit here created from pictures that members from the private group at Heroin Memorial gave us permission to use in our public YouTube video to help break the STIGMA around addiction.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/01 - James Gorham - Age 29 yrs - Nashua, New Hampshire

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2016/03/01 - James Gorham - Age 29 yrs - Nashua, New Hampshire

Submitted by: Kelly Frenette - Parent

Name: James Gorham
State:  New Hampshire, 03060

Date of Passing: 03/01/2016
Date of Birth: 08/13/86
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

He had the biggest smile, he was a dad to two young girls. They were his world but because of some of his choices their mother had not allowed them visits for over a year.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Jimmy was an alcoholic, he had tried heroin twice last year and over dosed both times. He was revived both times. We talked with him several times and he assured us he would never try it again. Because of his bad choices when drinking he made the choice to let the same person give him a needle of heroin. He didn't survive this one. To make matters worse they put him outside like trash with his suitcase. Such a sad sad day


What Made Them Smile?

Everything made Jim smile but he was lonely inside.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about my son. He was a handsome, funny, good man.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

Why? Why would you chose to let them do this after you promised me you would never do it again.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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 Below is a video our nonprofit here created from pictures that members from the private group at Heroin Memorial gave us permission to use in our public YouTube video to help break the STIGMA around addiction.

Click here to Purchase Wristbands to support Heroin Support Inc, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit.  Below are some of the wristbands we carry.   

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