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In memory of Melissa Solender

Created by Family Of Melissa Solender

Melissa Solender

Melissa and I were very close. Her mother died when she was only 10 years old. Melissa’s mother died from the same thing that killed Melissa, addiction.

Melissa’s death has been very painful for me and her family. On the upside, I am a recovering addict with 20 months clean after 39 years of addiction. I was 8 months clean when Melissa died. All Melissa ever wanted me to do was to get off drugs. I did so before her death. The only thing I can do now is stay clean.

I hope this story will help someone out. I hope this will help prevent someone from going through the pain of addiction.

I lost everything to addiction. I lost my wife, my kid, my life. What may look like fun, might be fun for a while. But, in the end it is living death.


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.

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1. Julie
I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend, Melissa. Thank you for sharing your story with us.