printed 10/04/2019


As the events coordinator for “Worcester Goes Purple,” I would like to personally thank the Worcester County government, town governments, businesses, the recovery community and every Worcester County citizen who has participated in Worcester Goes Purple for September 2019, National Recovery Month.

For me, this has been a truly amazing and emotional journey. I have met so many wonderful people that I now call my friends.

There have been many highs and lows.

Holding the hand of a mother who lost her son … having a sister tell you that she lost her brother three weeks ago to a drug overdose, listening to a parent in the depths of despair describe the havoc that their child in active addiction is making in their family, hearing stories of shame from family members that think it is somehow their fault and then having a guy in recovery tell you with the biggest smile that he has been clean for 113 days.

Worcester Goes Purple will only become bigger and stronger in the months to come. We need your help.

Each one of us can make a difference by keeping the conversation going. No one agency or person can solve this epidemic themselves.

It does truly take a community. Thank you again for making Worcester County a place that we can be proud to call home and share hope and recovery from addiction with everyone.

Debbie Smullen

Worcester Goes Purple

Events Coordinator

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