Thank You to Lazarus Lutheran Church

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I cannot begin to articulate the emotions and gratitude that I feel in my heart right now. Rising Above Addiction and Reclaiming My Life have showed me that incredible good can come out of tragedy. Thank you Lazarus Lutheran Church for your trust and generosity. I am honored, humbled and overcome with love. Your donation to Rising Above Addiction will save so many people who are suffering from addiction. Together, we will continue to make a difference.  To my beautiful … Read More

HallowKlean SpookFest & 5K Run

Our first HallowKlean at Westminster City Park was a wonderful and spooky success! The 1 Mile Spooky Sprint was hosted by Rising Above Addiction, Push HOPE Project and The City of Westminster. Following the run and parade, we had special guest speakers and music. Special thanks to our performers: CloudGang, Ridge Long, & Janet Griffin. Special thanks to our keynote speaker: Ryan Hampton. (Learn Ryan Hampton’s story over at the Huffington Post – “I Worked For Bill Clinton In The ‘90s. Today, … Read More

Drug Court Graduation

Our Community coming together (Judges, Lawyers, Sherrif’s Department, Community Partners, etc), to support, encourage and give hope for a brighter future. And a special congratulations on graduation to Sara, and thank you for being a wonderful House Manger at Reclaiming My Life!

2017 Philanthropist of the Year Awards

Philanthropists of the a Year Awards….. It is wonderful to be a part of an organization that comes together to support the community. The Community Foundation of Carroll County did a fantastic job this morning!   Congrats to all of the 2017 philanthropists! Individual of the Year Sargent Major Thomas B. Beyard of Westminster, the highest ranking noncommissioned officer in the MD National Guard. Business of the Year Quantum Internet | Johanna & William Brown of Hampstead, MD Non-Profit Organization of … Read More

Raising Awareness and educating students on the realities of drug use at the Union Bridge Drug & Violence Expo.

Our 2017 Skydive for Rising Above Addiction

We want to thank everyone who came out to the Skydive on September 17th. Even though the weather did not cooperate, we all made the best out of the day. We all got to spend the day together and celebrate recovery, while honoring and remembering those we have lost to this awful disease.         Special thanks to Audrey Watt and the students from University of Maryland. Audrey, who lost her brother, organized a fundraising event in which … Read More

Dear Rob – Three Years

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Dear Rob, Tomorrow it will be three years since I lost you. So much continues to change since you’ve been gone. I have realized that this constant change is inevitable, until every piece of my life is in the place it needs to be. It’s a death of self; who and what I thought I was is all but a “used to be.” I decided that I would be completely open with my letters and writings to you. Not only … Read More

Drug Overdose Takes Another Life

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I just got home from Haight Funeral Home. There was a viewing being held for Maura, a 23 year old girl who died from a drug overdose on August 15th. When I arrived, I realized that I was standing with two other families who had lost their children to overdoses. That’s four families, in one room; My son Rob (18), Maura (23), Bryan (24), and Taylor (21). These were good children, from good families, and they all lost their lives … Read More

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