Dear Savage Family,
I wanted to take a moment that tell you how grateful I am that you shared your family’s story on Megyn Kelly Today Show yesterday.
I am a mother of four. My oldest two children are 13 year old twin boys. They describe a lot like Nick and Jack. Opposite personalities but the best of friends. Insert Lacrosse instead of Hockey in our case and their grades aren’t quite as good as your guys, but they are really good boys. They don’t give us any concern other than the typical teen attitude on occasion. We have spoken very openly with them about drugs, alcohol, as well as prescription drugs over the years.
Your story stuck my husband and I so much that we recorded the segment and the four of us sat and watched it together last night after our younger two were off to bed. Your story stunned them and opened up another evening of healthy dialogue about a difficult and dark subject, that sadly all of our children will face at some point in their lives.
I am writing to you simply to say thank you and to tell you that what you are doing is a gift to other families. It must be agonizing sometimes, to tell strangers about the tragic night that took two of your treasures, but it is not in vane. Thank you so much for all that you do.
Love and prayers of peace to you all,
Liz and Scott Dingée
Becky Savage’s two teenage sons – Nick and Jack – accidentally overdosed on a deadly cocktail of alcohol and prescription drugs on the same night in June 2015. Becky and her husband Mike turned their unimaginable grief into a powerful message: educating students, parents, lawmakers and anyone else who will listen about the dangers of prescription drugs. The couple created 525 Foundation (the boys’ hockey numbers were 5 and 25) with a goal of preventing another family from experiencing the pain the Savage family still struggles with every day. To date, Becky has bravely shared her story with more than 60,000 high school students from Indiana to Texas to Oregon and presented at conferences across the country. She’s spoken to members of a United States Senate opioid crisis committee, serves as an ambassador for the Walgreens #ItEndsWithUs campaign and participated in countless interviews for podcasts and news media.