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Reflecting on June 14: Honoring Nick and Jack's Legacy

As June 14th approaches each year, I find myself reflecting deeply on the journey that began on this date in 2015. It was on this day that my life, and the lives of everyone in my family, changed forever. It was the day we lost Nick and Jack, my beloved sons, to accidental drug overdoses.

Jack, Nick and Myself at concert May 9, 2015

Nick and Jack were not just my children; they were vibrant, loving young men full of promise and potential. Nick, with his quick wit and infectious smile, and Jack, with his compassionate heart and unwavering loyalty, were the light of our lives. Their absence is felt every single day, and the pain of losing them is a constant reminder of the fragility of life and the profound impact of the choices we make.

In the immediate aftermath of their passing, our family was engulfed in a whirlwind of grief and disbelief. How could this have happened to our boys, who had so much ahead of them? The answer lies in one fateful choice they made—to attend a graduation party where they consumed alcohol and took prescription pills, a decision that had catastrophic consequences.

From the depths of this unimaginable loss, the 525 Foundation was born. Named after Nick and Jack's hockey jersey numbers, our mission is clear: to prevent other families from experiencing the same heartache. We strive to educate young people and their families about the dangers of drug misuse, the importance of making informed choices, and the reality that one poor decision can have life-altering repercussions.

Over the years, the foundation has grown in ways I could never have imagined. We have reached thousands of students, parents, and community members through our presentations, spreading awareness and fostering conversations about drug misuse prevention. Each time I share Nick and Jack's story, I am reminded of their spirit and their potential to inspire change.

June 14th is a day of remembrance, but it is also a day of action. It is a reminder of why we do what we do—why we speak out, why we educate, and why we tirelessly advocate for a world where drug misuse is no longer a threat to our children’s futures.

I am often asked how I find the strength to continue sharing such a painful story. The answer lies in the hope that through our efforts, we can save lives. If sharing Nick and Jack's story can prevent even one family from experiencing the pain we endure, then their legacy lives on in the most meaningful way possible.

As we mark this solemn anniversary, I invite you to join us in honoring Nick and Jack's memory by taking action:

  1. Educate Yourself and Others: Learn about the dangers of drug misuse and share this knowledge with those around you. Education is a powerful tool in prevention.

  2. Have Conversations: Talk to your children, friends, and community members about the importance of making safe, informed choices.

  3. Support Prevention Efforts: Whether through volunteering, donating, or participating in local initiatives, your support can make a significant difference.

  4. Stay Connected: Follow the 525 Foundation on social media, subscribe to our newsletter, and stay informed about our ongoing efforts and events.

Together, we can create a ripple effect of awareness, education, and prevention. Together, we can honor Nick and Jack’s memory by working towards a future where no family has to suffer the loss of a loved one to drug misuse.

Thank you for your continued support and for standing with us on this journey.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Becky Savage


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