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Trevor Lessaris

Hi guys! My name is Jaden Lessaris. I am currently a junior in high school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. I was born on July 10th coincidentally, the same day my dad was born. Growing up, he was my favorite person to be around. He would always do the things I wanted to do, even if he didn't want to. He was my dad and I looked up to him. Throughout my life, I was told he was struggling with drug addiction, but I never wanted to believe it. I would visit him every few weeks until I was around 11 years old. This was when I realized it was true, he did have an addiction. For the next few years, the time I spent with him lessened and I only saw him twice within three years. We didn’t call or text as much as we used to. I knew deep down something wasn’t right but I was too afraid to reach out. If I could change that, I would. At 14 years old, I got the call that he had overdosed and passed away. The regret hit me for avoiding him. My dad was never perfect, but he was my dad. It's been two and a half years and I’ve been trying to find a way to honor his memory. Although I can’t help my dad, I would like to help others fight their addiction. Bringing awareness to drug and alcohol addiction is so important to me, everyone deserves a second chance. If you would like to help me on my journey to raising $5,000 it would mean the world to me!

Partners for Hope raise critical funds on behalf Partnership to End Addiction – the nation’s leading organization dedicated to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. Every dollar raised on behalf of the Partnership* will help ensure free, personalized family support resources, including our national helpline, peer-to-peer parent coaching, customized online tools and community education programs, can reach those who need them most. Please consider donating to this fundraiser and sharing this page.

*Donations made to Partnership to End Addiction are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. All contributions are fully tax-deductible, as no goods or services are provided in consideration in whole, or in part, of any contribution to this nonprofit organization.  EIN: 52-1736502

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