Teams and Walkers

Select A Team:

Donate Login
Edit in profile section

In memory of Matthew Banta

Created by Family Of Matthew Banta

Matthew Banta

Seven and a half years ago my older brother, Matthew, died at home due to an accidental overdose on heroin. He was born into our family, the second, of nine children. Matthew was a free spirited, fun-loving person who enjoyed life. The end came about, one evening, when he was out driving and about to be pulled over by the police. He had a bag of heroin on him, wrapped in wax paper, which he decided to swallow to try to hide it from police. His girlfriend was with him and he assured her he could force himself to vomit it out later. After being taken to the police station and held for some hours, he then went to Wendy's, bought a large amount of food, scarfed it down, and tried to vomit it up. The heroin did not come up. Maybe this frightened him, or maybe he thought that it would be passed in his stool the following day, so he went home and went to sleep. The wax paper wrappings did not withstand the acidity of his stomach, and it was broken down. My family and I found him, cold and gray, that Saturday around 3pm. Matthew was one of 6 boys and 3 girls. We were crushed when we lost him. He was just 29 years young.

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

Guest Book