Charlotte Wethington (Director and Founder of Kentucky’s- Casey’s Law),Mary Juarez (Never Let Go Ministries) and myself, Sharon Blair ( The Jennifer Act-bill draft for Fl. & IN.)
Who are these mothers?
We are Mothers who have been devastated by losing our children to drug overdoses/ drug related issues. We are now courageously, taking our sorrow, pain and grief and turning into advocacy groups, laws and organizations to bring help to those who are where our children once were. With education and awareness- we can offer help and hope to those whose lives are out of control. By doing what we are doing- we are helping people understand the disease of addiction.
Bringing to light-addiction, it’s power over the mind and body and helping them to get intervention and treatment. We are teaching that society need not look at the addicted as down casts but as human beings who need us all to help them.
We are teaching Lawmakers, Legislatures, Judges and Policeman, Pastors and Layman alike. We are exposing a subject that no one wants to talk about for different reasons. Maybe addiction has not touched their family? Maybe they think it’s all a matter of will power, or those people who are shooting up in a dirty alley or lying in a ditch, sleeping on a park bench.
Maybe they are some body’s child- like ours!
No one starts out saying to themselves,” I think I will be an addict”. It comes about for many different reasons. It goes from “trying it” to being addicted to it as a gradual progression of the disease. We Mothers who have watched our children suffer, go through withdrawal multiple times, overdose, incarcerated, know the power of addiction. Those who have buried their children, like us, know the deep, deep agony of the supreme pain of losing them.
We don’t want any other Mother or Father or family to have to go through this crushing and devastating experience. We are initiators of laws and educators from our experiences…..
So please, when we ask for your support of our legislative bills and our advocacy groups, Please help us. Take us serious and listen to us. We are trying to save other children, teens and adults who are caught in the trap of addiction. We give you all we’ve got and then some, with a broken heart and tears running down our faces.
Share our websites, tell others in your work places and churches and social places, to please support us.
I wrote The Jennifer Act bill draft for Florida and Indiana after watching my daughter, Jennifer, suffer for over 12 long and painful years, with a drug addiction that took her young life last year- Jan.15, 2009.
I saw her lying dead on a cold steal table at the coroner’s office in Largo, Fl. last year. That has changed my life forever. FOREVER!
God has now given me an assignment to do. That assignment is to see to it that I bring The Jennifer Act to light. I am working tirelessly, to see this bill draft get passed in Indiana- Senate Bill No. 380 and to see to it that Florida re-vamps and improves the Marchman (those improvements are The Jennifer Act). My mission is important. It is about saving lives.
So is the advocacy’s and laws of these other courageous women I have been honored to now know. The loss of our children to drug related deaths is what brought us together. We unite and we serve our communities, with passion and dedication.
Thank you for your time and your support.
Sharon Blair (Jennifer’s mom)
In memory of Jennifer Reynolds- Died 1-15-2009
Visit my website and see how you can help. Write your governor and your legislatures and tell them you support The Jennifer Act.