Angel Walk To Remember Loved Ones Lost To Addiction

Daily Dose  |  03/14/2019 9:00 am

With the opioid crisis still taking lives daily in our community, the loss is felt exponentially by the family and friends of those who have passed.  Parents, children, siblings, spouses and others are left behind when drugs take the life of a loved one. One local organization is bringing back an event to let everyone impacted by loss from addiction know that they are not walking alone.

Ross Horton is a West Toledo resident who has felt the pain of addiction more than once.  Ross has lost 2 children to drug overdoses and with the help of members of the Family Support Group, FACT (Families And Addicts Coming Together), the Angel Walk was founded. The first Angel Walk held in 2018 brought together hundreds of people to honor their loved ones who have died from addiction.

“This is an epidemic being felt by the entire community” stated Ross. “We want this walk to help break the stigma of addiction through education, awareness and honoring the lives that have been lost. These deaths are not just addicts, they are our loved ones.”

The walk will be held the morning of  Saturday May, 4th at Willys Park in West Toledo and will include a resource and education area, a memorial ceremony and balloon release, bounce houses and face painting.  The entire community is encouraged to participate in this walk to honor all of the addicts who have become angels.

The FACT Support Group meets every Wednesday at Pilgrim Church in West Toledo, 6:30pm-8pm. Addicts, alcoholics and family and friends of alcoholics and addicts are always welcome along with any other concerned members of the community.

Pre-registration is required and can be completed at Toledo Angel Walk 2019