Submitted by: annabun
Born: 1995
Died: 2016
My Tribute: Our son died at the age of 21 after battling bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and a long history of self medicating these conditions with street drugs and prescription drugs that were no prescribed to him. He has been gone approximately a month and I struggle everyday with anxiety which has begun to interfere with my ability to leave my home. My husband found him dead in his bed in the morning and there is an ongoing investigation into his death. My son was an avid reader, loved music, camping, fishing, and video games. He had been in treatment and had just received his 90 day sober badge. His death was so unexpected and I do not know how to deal with the grief. There are very few services in our local area for mental health, drug addiction, or support groups for people in our situation. I just cannot fathom how we are going to survive this. Markus never left me without telling me he loved me and giving me a hug. He was kind, polite, and so very loving. Everything around me reminds me of all the good in Markus and how he filled our lives with so many good things despite the constant struggles of his addictions and choices.

David (DJ) McDonald

Submitted by: Dena Lavornia
Born: 3/91
Died: 3/16
My Tribute: DJ was a funny, loving and caring person. He battled addiction since he was 14…He leaves behind a beautiful 4 year old son. He was loved by many, and leaves a void..nothing will ever be able to fill.

Allison Elizabeth Sambo

Submitted by: Her mother
Born: 1988
Died: 2016
My Tribute: This is Allison my first born. A very smart, funny, loving person just as most who suffered from addiction. She was my best friend whom I knew was in trouble but promised me she was not going to kill herself with pills. She died November 27,2015 two days after thanksgiving. Heroin and Zanex killed her instantly. I had no ideal she was using heroin just no ideal. Allison was a hairstylist and a dancer. She loved everyone she believed in everyone. When I was told my child was dead(reborn end), I said ” I trust Jesus plan for her life and for my life because God’s plan is perfect. Allison I miss u in each breathe I take and so does your sister and brother. We are still in shock struggling to find some normal state of thinking without you. Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless His Holy name. I song that song to her everyday as an infant and she would smile and look at me with so much love as she looked at me the day she died. I wasn’t at her house she shared with a sister who found her but earlier that day she called out momma I said huh and she said I love you and I said I love you too Lou Lou which is a nick name I gave to her before birth. Rest my angel I know you are with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is here with us to give us comfort because of your absence. Thank you for choosing me for a mother and thank you God for the 27 years with her. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Eyes have not seen nor have ears heard what the Lord has prepared for those who love Him. Momma knows you loved God and that God loved you.