PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP – The Lake County Juvenile Diabetes Walk Family, a 501c3 organization was established in 1999 and initially donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.In recent years they decided to focus on helping people locally.
Recently, LCJDWF decided to add heroin to its cause.
“We are caring citizens locking arms to engage, educate, and empower our community to stand against heroin,” said Terry Mowery, president of LCJDWF.
They have kicked off a program of education and awareness to help make the public aware of the side effects of heroin, heroin’s effects on vital organs, health concerns of prolonged use, how heroin affects the brain, getting help for a teen heroin addict, and warning signs that a teen is abusing heroin.
Many people start off getting hooked on prescription pain medications then turn to heroin when they can no longer get, or afford, the prescription pills, he said.
LCJDWF is working with some other groups to bring an event called Hope Over Heroin to Painesville in August. It will involve local organizations which work with addicts, police and fire departments since they are first responders, and more.
Why is the Walk Family concerned about heroin use?
“Heroin for a diabetic—there is no tomorrow,” Mowery said. “Because you’re on so many drugs and so much stuff, take heroin and you’re diabetic, it shocks your body.”
Jim Belding of Belding Monuments in Madison and his girlfriend, Nancy Inman, have been involved with LCJDWF for the past 18 months.
“We’re combining efforts to, of course, raise awareness and funding for children with diabetes, and help their families as well,” Inman said.
Jim Belding Monuments and the Lake County Juvenile Diabetes Walk Family have joined to form another group, “We Stand Against Heroin,” she said.
The motto is “We are concerned citizens locking arms to engage, educate and empower our community to stand against heroin.”
Inman said it is a prevention group which will try to bring awareness to the public at special events, local fairs and community events. It will also provide support to safety forces and organizations which deal with addicts.
Belding Monuments wished to get involved since they have had such an increase in the number of families coming in because they lost a family member because of overdoses, especially heroin.
“We just can’t look these families in the eye and not do something,” Inman said.
She noted more and more children are losing parents and parents are losing children so they felt something had to be done.
The group meets and has speakers for parents like Jamie Deakins of Crossroads who speaks on what warning signs parents should watch for that can indicate drug use. Inman said they would also like to have him speak to teens and youngsters since he gives instruction on making good decisions, which could be helpful if they are faced with a critical situation.
We Stand Against Heroin meets monthly on average.
The next meeting will be Monday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Freedom Assembly of God, 5420 W. Heisley Rd. in Mentor. Speakers will be Painesville Township Fire Chief Frank Whittaker and Mike Pistorino.
The Facebook posting states, “Mike will be bringing two counselors and his team of people committed to helping people where they are in coping through a loved-one’s addiction, their own addiction, recovery, and loss.”
See their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/we.stand.against.heroin/ to see other upcoming meetings and events.
“If you are an organization or an individual working towards heroin prevention, addiction, education, recovery, and/or family support, please reach out to us,” Inman said.
Monthly meetings (subject to change) are scheduled for May 22, June 26, July 24, Aug. 14, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 24 and Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at 448 Sandtrap Circle in Painesville Township.
For more information on We Stand Against Heroin, call Mowery at (440) 479-5461 or Inman at (440) 417-6949.
LCJDWF 2017 events
• May 13: Heroin Education Public Outreach Fundraiser at Harry Buffalo 2116 Mentor Ave. from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with all you can eat buffet, Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.
• June 17: Harry Buffalo from 3-5 p.m. (All the hors D’oeuvres you can eat and all the domestic draft beer, house wine and well drinks you can drink with a deejay for $25.)
• May - September: Quaker Steak Bike Night
(May 11 and 18, June 22 and 29, Aug. 3, 10, 14 and 21)
• July 14-16: Painesville Party in the Park
• July 25-30: Lake County Fair
• Aug. 6: Roar on Lakeshore Muscle Car Show at Laketran from noon – 5 p.m.
• Aug. 26: Painesville Township Family Fun Day at Lake County History Center from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Aug. 31-Sept. 4: Geauga County Fair
• Sept. 15-17: Fish Festival / Perch Tournament
We Stand Against Heroin – front and back of cards