Hello Everyone,

We just wanted to update you on what we’ve been up to this summer. First, we had an event at Joe’s on Weed Street. We had great live music for several hours, performed by a band mainly consisting of fraternity brothers of Matt’s and Ben’s. We had a great turn-out and we were glad to be able to reach out to so many young adults (approx. 250).

Next, were involved in a fundraising event to raise sponsors for Danny Hussey (Matt’s cousin) to support his efforts to raise money for Hope for Healing the Miles for Matt initiative. Miles for Matt is our way of facilitating fundraising efforts for people who are participating in running, swimming, and biking events and want to raise money for Hope for Healing. As many of you may know, Danny was successful in completing the Lake Placid Ironman competition and in raising funds for Hope for Healing.

On August 30th Hope for Healing was invited to participate in the Overdose Awareness Day event in Naperville (August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day). We joined with several other organizations in the area to spread the word and to network. We’d like to give a “shout out” to Path to Recovery, for organizing this great event.

Last, and most importantly we are continuing to work towards implementing Harm Reduction efforts in DuPage County. Harm Reduction efforts are measures that can be taken to reduce the harmful effects of drug use. These measures include ways to prevent death and disease, while showing compassion to people with Substance Use Disorder and helping to guide them toward treatment. We are working in collaboration with county government and health department officials as well as other non-profit organizations like ourselves. Over the next several weeks we hope to have more specific information about these efforts to share with you.

We are expecting to be sending out additional information about our foundation and activities we are engaged in. We are grateful to you all for your interest and support.

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