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Kevin's Last Walk

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Kevin's Last Walk

My 18 year old son, Kevin, died of alcohol poisoning on the day he moved out on his own.? In an effort to raise awareness I walked from Arizona to Montana with his ashes in my backpack, sharing his story along the way.

??It??s just alcohol; at least they are not doing drugs.?? How many of us have said this, heard it or thought it?? Often we think that as long as they are ??just drinking?? our children will be okay.? The truth is most illegal drugs are tried for the first time under the influence of alcohol.? Alcohol kills more than all illegal drugs combined.? Try using Google to search for the term ??alcohol abuse,??? and check out how many results you get.
Those precious children that you have held, burped, changed diapers and loved have hopes and dreams.?? They dream of growing up and finding a cure for cancer, making the world a better place, being president,? (insert your childs dream here).? They will be faced with many decisions that will determine whether their hopes and dreams are realized.?? Decisions like where they want to go to college, what they want to study, where they want to live, etc.
All important decisions, no doubt, but the two most important decisions your child will ever make?are about drugs and alcohol.? Make one bad decision with respect to drugs or alcohol and all of the above hopes and dreams are gone, vanished into thin air.
It??s too late for my son Kevin, but it??s not too late for your child.? The decisions your child makes about drugs and alcohol will have a profound effect on how their lives turn out.? Educate yourself, and then educate your children.? Act as if their lives depend on it, because it does.
When you lose a child the most that you can hope for is to make something very good come from it.? That is what I plan to spend the rest of my life doing.

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

Guest Book


1. Stelios Kemenes
I AM YOUR FRIEND STELIOS. you must be strong. thank you.
2. Fredia
MY prayers go out to you and your family. So many times we as adults forget what it takes for our kids to grow. We need to always remember the kids today are different from when we were raised. Thank you for reminding me how carefree i was before i started using drugs to cover up how i was really feeling. I have a 10 year old. I do not want her dreams to be taken from her. So thank you for Kevin's story it touched my heart.
3. Jane
I am so sorry about your son. Alcohol abuse destroys lives, and it is often not taken seriously. You are doing a great thing, and keeping Kevin's memory alive.