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Rockin’ for Recovery Concert and Drug Awareness Fair
YOU are invited to the first Rockin’ for Recovery Concert and Drug Awareness Fair on May 13 at 2:00 p.m. at Shawbucks, 212 West Second St., Jamestown! This is free, family-friendly event showcasing Prevention, Awareness and Recovery with Billboard Pop Sensation, Brielle Edborg!
People directly affected by this widespread problem will be on hand, sharing their personal stories and advising those who have questions about how and where to get help.
Also, representatives from A FRESH START, CASAC, Mental Health Association, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, and other professional organizations will be on hand answering questions and demonstrating their mission.
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan will discuss the county’s ongoing efforts with keynote speaker, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, sharing what is happening from the national perspective followed by Q&A.
This concert and awareness fair will kick off the upcoming events and campaign the county has scheduled for the ensuing week and remainder of the year for drug prevention, awareness, and recovery.
On February 26, 2016, Kim Carlson lost her only son, Alex, to a heroin overdose. Because of her love for her son, and her love for the community, Kim reached out to see if anyone would be interested in being “part of the solution” to raise awareness and to educate the community on the growing heroin addiction problem. This community was (and is) losing too many people to this disease.
“Our goal is to help people understand abuse disorders, addiction and alcoholism. So many people don’t get the help they need because of stigma and not knowing where to go, we are going to have the resources available to educate them.” Carlson said. “My son Alex had a zest for life. He was hard working, well mannered, physically fit, and by all accounts a happy and healthy 26-year-old man. I knew that if this could happen to my son, our family, that it could happen to anyone. I had to take a stand to find a way to bring light to this situation. Losing a child is the most horrific pain a parent will ever feel. I say that I talk about my child so people can talk to their children. Through our experience, communication, knowledge, open minds and open hearts we can bring change so that others might not feel our pain.”
Join us to celebrate Alex’s legacy and look forward to honoring him as we support the future of recovery in our community.