WEST SAND LAKE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The fight against heroin continues in small towns all over New York State. That’s why on Wednesday just outside of Averill Park folks are coming together to combat the drug crisis and remember those we’ve lost to it.
There will be a memorial walk and candlelight vigil for everyone lost to addiction, including Sean Murdick, whose parents are fighting for deeper legislation within the prescription drug industry. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is backing their battle.
Another person to be remembered is William Timber. He passed away just three days before Sean did. His mother says he had mental health issues all of his life that no one knew about. Drugs became his escape, with heroin becoming his addiction. She spent the last four years of his life trying to save him, trying everything she could find, but having nothing that worked and having no where to turn for help… she lost him, permanently.
This is in large part because of the stigma associated with the disease of addiction. Alex Wilkins, another graduate of Averill Park High School went through the same deal. She died on September 1 at the age of 25.
The walk will begin at West Sand Lake Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. and continue on to the town’s firehouse, right around the block.
Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, Senator George Amedore, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Catholic Charities- Project Safe Point, along with the West Sand Lake Department will be attending. The entire community is invited.
There will be a brief ceremony to discuss ways to promote awareness, and provide education to reduce the stigma associated with addiction.
“Unfortunately, there are far too many families in our community that have experienced heartbreak similar to ours. For this reason we are gathering, to reach out to our neighbors and encourage their involvement as we promote hope, provide support and education as we joint together to combat the disease of addiction that has attacked our community,” said Kim Murdick, Sean’s mother.