COMMUNITY RISES TO FIGHT SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER
The disease of addiction has no boundaries and impacts millions of families across the United States. According to Partnership at Drugfree.org “One person dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose in the United States.” The grief and questions following the loss of your loved one can be immense and through this process many families look for a way to make an impact, to prevent the loss of one more person. That is exactly what the Goldberg family did after losing their son Adam.
After months of planning, on July 15, 2018 The Ballin’ for Adam fundraiser was held in Marlboro, NJ and generated thousands of dollars to support the programs and mission of Herren Project. Our team was grateful to work with this amazing family as they organized a 3 on 3 tournament as a tribute to their son and brother through the game he loved, Basketball.
Read about their journey to organize and host the Ballin’ for Adam fundraiser in Marina Kilma’s (Adam’s mom) own words.
“Before we decided to organize Ballin’ for Adam about six months ago I was numb and angry and empty with grief. After my son’s accidental death due to overdose on July 6, 2017, I spent the whole year sleeping on the sofa as if I was waiting for him to turn the key in the door and walk in. On the outside, it was easier to fake normalcy. Sunglasses became my constant companion in public places. I was trying to avoid eye contact with acquaintances who in turn were giving me a scared look. For the first couple of months, I was glued to his phone reading his texts to friends over and over again. I was trying to understand what exactly was happening to my boy, and where exactly I failed him. Why was I so ignorant and not able to see that he was using drugs? Then after about eight months of all of this, my daughter suggested doing a charitable event in Adam’s memory. “At least, we’ll help someone else. Adam loved basketball and spent many hours in Marlboro High School gym playing basketball with his classmates. So, let’s do a basketball tournament in his memory,” she said. I nodded silently to my phone as I tried not to feel anything, numbing my pain and I exhaled a short okay. So it was decided and we named the event Ballin’ for Adam. We designated Herren Project to receive a hundred percent of all the donations to support their initiatives to fight substance abuse disorder.”