Monthly Archives: April 2014

Steven Micah

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Submitted by: Sister
Born: 1987
Died: 2014
My Tribute: I lost my big brother, Micah way too soon. Growing up, there was no place that Micah went that his annoying little sister didn't follow. He started karate, I followed suit; he tried shooting sports, it wasn't long till I was out there trying to figure out how to shoot a BB gun with him. Even while my brother faced his addiction, there were things about him that I admired. Micah was known for his heart, his compassion, his ability to listen even up until the day he passed. He was the one you would go to when you needed someone to listen or someone to make you laugh. My brother was strong and he battled his addiction for 10 years. I will forever long for the traits that made my brother the lovable guy he was. I love you bubs. I can’t wait to get up to heaven with you.

Matthew Downs (Matty Boy)

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Submitted by: MOM
Born: 1990
Died: 2014
My Tribute: Our beautiful and talented son left us February 2014 at the very young age of 23. I have tried for the last 8 years to get my son help with his drug additions,demons and bad people who lead him astray. When you have a child who is into drugs you must say I love you everytime you see or talk to them because you will never know when it will be your last hug, kiss, or even goodbye. You will be my everlasting angel until we meet again.

Luv you more then you'll ever know

MOM

Evan cramer

Submitted by: Nicki Sarett
Born: 1984
Died: 2014
My Tribute: I miss you more than I can say. I want to hug you, to make it alright. I'm so sorry and so lonely. In my heart forever.

Nicholas Capriglione

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Submitted by: Lily-his mom
Born: 1990
Died: 2012
My Tribute: Our son Nicholas was born on April 9, 1991, and Died on August 18, 2012 from an acute heroin overdose. Nicholas grew up in a very happy and loving home in suburbia New Jersey. From the time he could walk and talk, we played outside, went to parks, watched movies, ate at the best restaurants, played in the snow, vacationed down the Jersey shore, Disney in Florida, etc...etc...etc.....Life was as perfect for our family as one could ever have imagined. Nicholas was a good student, funny, charismatic, loving, handsome, athletic, and the list could go on forever about who he was. In his junior year his father and I noticed some off behavior and Nicholas became distant. We really thought and hoped it was just hormonal teenage years.....Senior year became worse and we spoke with Nicholas many times. He was insistent there wasn't anything wrong, not doing drugs, and so forth. We came to find out after graduating High School that he had an addiction to oxycotin and roxycotin, honestly meds we had never even heard of. My husband and I had never touched a drug in our lives and were very ignorant with the world of drugs and drug addiction. Immediately we were scared to death for Nicholas and got him immediate help...During the next few years after High School was a struggle, to get him sober and stay sober. He did graduate hair school and double certified in hair and make-up, he had wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and become a successful barbershop owner. He was highly talented and would easily give you the shirt off his back, he helped anyone he came in contact with and needed help. He had been an angel on earth in our eyes....Nicholas was so ashamed of his addiction and kept it hidden from anyone and everyone, until he realized he needed help. In October of 2011 we drove him 15 hours to Nashville, TN for inpatient rehabilitation, where he spent 3 months in an intensive men's facility. He was so thrilled to have had the opportunity as he found himself, stayed sober, and was thrilled to have his life back....he was so sad to leave the sober facility but had to move on and decided to stay in Nashville, TN and moved into a sober living community. He really did GREAT, he was on 2 1st place softball teams, became a dairy manager at the Publix, was the host at his sober living community and sponsored 2 boys....Nicholas was clean a year and was set to come home September 3rd, 2012 for good and work with his grandfather. We got the call our son died of an overdose on August 18, 2012, the worst day of our lives.....How do we go on? How do we pick up the pieces....I really don't know...we take it day by day, we pray, we try to make sense of it and we can't...we miss and love nicholas so our very core...and I know so many are suffering the way our family is now....the picture I posted is my 21 year old beautiful son Nicholas, and his 12 year old brother who misses him every minute of each day!!!!

Sonya Hampton Wood

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Submitted by: Chastity Elliott
Born: 1963
Died: 2013
My Tribute: My beautiful mother who struggled with some sort of addiction her entire adult life. She had about 10 good sober years, or at least without any hardcore drugs. She was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis and prescribed pain killers which was a gateway back into everything she had worked so hard to get away from. In her final days it was snorting Oxycontin that caused her demise. She was my mother and I love her and miss her more than I could ever describe. Please, if you struggle with addiction know that you are worth fighting for!