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In memory of Brian Pirie

Created by Family Of Brian Pirie

Brian Pirie

My uncle was a heroin addict. About four years ago, my uncle died from a heroin overdose at the age of 43. He was a doctor, an avid mountain climber, and one of the kindest men I have ever met.

My uncle started smoking pot in the eighth grade. At the age of 19, he began trying Meth and continued using for three years. He later tried heroin and was addicted for five years before he finally went to get help.

My uncle went to rehab and was prescribed methadone (which is suppose to help you quit), which he took for two years. He was clean for a whole year before he relapsed. He called 911 twice the night he overdosed, but the second time he was not able to dial right and died.

Three days later, my uncle's work called my grandparents asking if they knew where he was. Not knowing, my Grandma went to look for him. She found him dead in his apartment. I was 12 years old and I lost my best friend.

My uncle was the one person I knew I could count on. After he passed, I felt lost. He was a huge influence on my life. He influenced me to become a doctor, to help people just as he had.

I am 16 now and I am devoting my life to finishing what he wasn't able too. I want to help others. I plan on finishing high school and becoming a doctor. Even traveling to less fortunate countries helping people who can't pay for treatment, just as my uncle had.

My uncle was amazing. His death impacted everyone he came in contact with. He is greatly missed and will always be my guardian angel! I love him more then anyone could imagine.

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Guest Book


1. Connie Stroesser
Caitlyn, I knew your uncle, and you are right he was an amazing man and I think of him often. He loved you very much and would be very proud of you. I will always love him, who couldn't. I wish you all the happiness and success in life. Take care.
2. Brittany Herrlin
My heart goes out to you and your family. Over a year ago I lost not just a great friend but someone who was like a sister to me. Please take a moment of your time to visit the website her mother set up for her in order to get justice at this point in time and if you agree please sign the petition
3. Deborah Cullen
Caitlyn, the most beautiful memorial you can give your uncle is to carry on in your uncle's name and become a doctor. I know he is smiling down on you and cheering you on! God bless you. Debbie Cullen, sister of Shannon Rogers
4. Shanna Arias
My name is Shanna. I was a herion addict for four years and by the age of 19, praise God, I quit. I decided to dedicate my life by making a difference with other addicts. I have lost many friends from herion overdoses and loved ones and it is very sad. But keep your head up. I have been clean and sober for 20 years now. I counsel drug addicts. I have a master's degree in social work and I made it when know one thought I would. Keep your head up and follow your dreams. You will make a difference.
5. Angela Gwynn Mother Of Dallas Nguyen
Caitlyn, you can do it! You can carry his life in your heart and do great things with it. Always, always believe. I am so sorry. I lost my son Dallas 5 months ago of an accidental heroin overdose. He was only 19. Now, all I can do is tell his story. Carry it in my heart to others. My beautiful baby. Let your Uncle be a light in you. And remember, you are never alone. There are many of us, lost and grieving. You will do something great Caitlyn! Love and Peace from Seattle....