Daniel J. Chirico
My son, Daniel, was 20 years old when he passed away. He had great potential and a huge heart. Daniel fought the fight and was using drugs starting at the age of 14.
After seven rehabs, several doctors and all kinds of medication, Daniel finally started to find himself a life. He was clean for about five months and started to drink. Daniel thought that he wanted to be a "normal" 20-year-old guy going out to a bar after work and hanging out with all of his friends. He struggled with what he thought "normal" was.
It did not take long for him to return to his drug of choice, although he himself thought it would never happen. Daniel used heroin for the first time after five months of being clean, and died instantly. It was on October 28, the day after his little brothers 11th birthday.
Dan was a great athlete, student, son, brother and friend to all. For those who got to know the real Dan, they know the kind-hearted, funny guy he was. He was so caught up in the whole drug scene and the more he relapsed and used, the worse he felt -- so he used again to numb that pain. It is a vicious cycle and it ended in a tragic way for Dan, but it does not have to be that way for everybody. There is a way out and it takes dedication and hard work.
He will be so greatly missed and never ever forgotten. He remains close to me -- close to my heart, forever and a day.
R.I. P. my son, you deserve it...
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