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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Danni's Ripple Effect--Heroin addiction is affecting everyone

by Sandy Rhodes

Many people wear their hearts on their sleeves, but family and friends of Danni Fitzsimmons are wearing their hearts on their wrists - in the form of bracelets – in her memory.

Fitzsimmons’ mother, Paula Thompson of Bradford, designed inspirational bracelets to raise awareness of drugs and overdose.

“There is no price on the bracelets because I could never put a price on Danielle,” Thompson said. “She was priceless
“I am hoping that our community will find that spreading overdose awareness is priceless as well.”

The bracelets are available at various locations in Bradford and Smethport, but are heading way beyond McKean County.
“So many people want to be a part of this. Twenty-five bracelets left the story in one day. I have people from Ohio and South Carolina who want them. Twenty already went to Smethport. I still have 150, but I’m sure they’ll be gone as soon as they hit the store counters.”

Currently, the bracelets are at the Main Street Outlet in Bradford and will be available at other locations as well.
While there is no charge for the bracelets, Thompson would appreciate contributions which will support the spreading of overdose awareness, including getting more bracelets, setting up a Nar-Anon meeting (a group for anyone who is directly affected by someone else’s addiction) in Bradford, T-shirts and eventually a billboard.

Thompson has also started to raise funds online through 

Orders can be taken at
“I would also like to put more information out into the community to help stop the stigma that addicts are all bad people. Heroin addiction is affecting everyone. This epidemic needs to be addressed. People need to stop ignoring this problem. The longer be remain silent, the more young people we are going to lose to this,” Thompson said. “Four months ago, we lost our daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, niece ... Don't let the next child be your child. Let's put an end to this now! We need to "keep the conversation going". There is no better way to do that than to publicize it with billboards, T-shirts, bracelets, and support groups.”

1 comment :

Unknown said...

More nar-anon meetings in the area are needed. Many will benefit from this service.