The first ever Drug awareness event “Lights of Hope” was held at Shades Beach Pavilion in Harbor creek. Lisa Edwards lost her 20 year old daughter Katelynn Edwards in 2015 to a drug overdose. Edwards wants to erase the stigma that is associated with drug addiction.
“By helping others and bringing awareness it helps me heal and keeps Katelynn’s memory alive,” said Edwards.
A support staff was present for people that are currently suffering. Speaker at the event Shawn Finucan has been sober now since May 4th, 2014. Finucan traveled three hours from Pittsburgh to share his struggle with addiction.
“You know giving back is really the only way to keep what you have you know in my personal experience,” said Finucan.
Names of those that lost their lives to drug addiction were called out. The song “Amazing Grace” was sung to conclude the event.