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Record 36
Name: Chris Lemone
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Staples High School
Time: 2000-12-08 12:02:03
Comments: Ginger,

This is the first time that I have checked out your website, I am impressed! I am sorry that I have missed your SHS presentations, but I will make it a point to make them in the future. Keep up the good work.

With much respect.....Chris Lemone

Record 35
Name: Cyndi Radcliffe
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Milford Ct
Time: 2000-12-05 21:23:05
Comments: Hi you came to West shore middle school and told us our story, I am 12 yrsold and in the7th grade I don't like drugs and I loved your presentation, you told it in great detail and I feel really sorry for you and I feel really bad that Ian lost his life and his friends and family. Thank you for coming! cyndi

Record 34
Name: Jen
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Milford Connecticut
Time: 2000-12-05 17:48:19
Comments: The story was so sad it made me want to cry!!

Record 33
Name: Annalee Greco
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Milford, CT
Time: 2000-12-05 15:35:52
Comments: Hey, I enjoyed your presentation at West Shore Middle School. I'm 13 years old and in the 8th grade. Your story touched my heart and me and my friend were crying throughout the assembly. I am so sad that your family had to go through that. I know how you feel. My grandmother has a problem with drinking and it's affecting our family so much, it hurts. We feel like we can't go on any longer. You are blessed with beautiful children and your prayers are with me always. Even though your son is no longer with us, I belive he is still looking down at us and making sure we make the right decisions when it comes to drugs. Please e-mail me back. ThAnK yOu~*

Record 32
Name: Caitlin
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Milford, CT
Time: 2000-11-23 16:19:58
Comments: Your program is tuching and I was about to cry at your presentation a east shore midle school. thank you i bet you have changed thousands of lives.Your children are beautiful. God Blees You. Your in my Prayers. ~Cait

Record 31
Name: cody Rayher
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Milford, CT
Time: 2000-11-23 12:03:34
Comments: You two came to my school East Shore middle School and talked to us on Red Ribbon Day. It was very sad. Ishowed My mom the web site and she said I could write to you. I feel really bad about what hppend to Ian I am really sorry he was on drugs. I am 11 years old and am in sixth grade. Ihope that nothing ever happens to me like that. What did Ian like to do after school? What did you do when you found out all of the information about Ian after the funeral? Why didn't they tell you befor he died? Well Iam really sorry about what happend to him!! ~cody rayher~

Record 30
Name: Ryan Gagstetter
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Norwalk Connecticut
Time: 2000-11-21 17:32:34
Comments: I was at the presentation at East Shore Middle School on November 21, 2000. I enjoyed listening to the presentation.

Record 29
Name: Sean Flanagan
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: CT
Time: 2000-11-21 17:27:55
Comments: Thankyou for comming to my school to speak to us about the risks and side affects of doing drugs.

Record 28
Name: shante coles
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Stamford, Ct
Time: 2000-11-16 15:29:21
Comments: well i just wanted to sat to mr and mrs katz i am sorry for the lost of your son and i think it is a good think for you two to come to school's and share this story,i heard this story and i just started crying because that is how my brother died and he was only 15 i cried because for months i cried myself to sleep when my brother died but like you said it is a process that you and your family have to go threw and because of your speech i have opened up my heart to those i was very mean for a while but ever since you came to my school (cloonan middle school) i have been a changed person and i feel really good!just stay strong and continue to hold on! luv,shante coles

Record 27
Name: Kevin
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: stamford,ct
Time: 2000-11-14 22:16:51
Comments: i think what you are doing is very nice and your son would apperciate this a lot. I feel bad for your family and your son shouldn't of did drugs since he liked all these sports and ect. If he wanted to start his own company and stuff like that he should of known that drugs wouldn't of got him there. I think you are doing the right thing going to schools and talkin about this. You really changed my mind about doing drugs. I was going to try it, but when you talked it made me think twice about doing it. Since what happen to your son.

Record 26
Name: Lindsay
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Connecticut
Time: 2000-11-14 14:28:19
Comments: I am very sorry, and i think that what you are doing is great, I will always remember your presentation. Thank you.

Record 25
Name: Jason Zwickler
Website: Massage by Jason
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Norwalk
Time: 2000-11-11 09:25:47
Comments: Thanks Ginger.. I checked out your site.. Jason Zwickler LMT

Record 24
Name: Rob Ross
Website: Champion Of Hope
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Ontario, Canada
Time: 2000-10-27 00:52:36
Comments: I would just like to say that you are a very courageous lady for doing what you are doing. Your son is very proud of you, I know I would be. I do the same type of work as you do, except I talk about my life , and how heroin had destroyed my life. I also tell young people the grim realitys of heroin and all drugs. I lived most of my life in a gang and live with the consequences of my actions today. Young people have to listen to those who have been affected by this dreaded disease called addiction, life is based on choices, we have to help them make the right choice and not fall prey to the drug.I wish you all the best in what you are doing for the youth of today, and tomorrow. Rob Champion Of Hope

Record 23
Name: Betty Flores
Website: Memorial To Our Loved Ones
Referred by: Another Guestbook
From: San Diego, CA
Time: 2000-10-13 01:36:04
Comments: I am so sorry for the loss of your son...I lost my daughter Lisa to heroin also. My heart goes out to you. You have done such a great thing with your Courage To Speak Program...your site is wonderful. What a beautiful tribute to Ian. My prayers are with you.

Hugs, Betty Flores

Record 22
Name: krystal preyer
Referred by: Search Engine
From: stamford
Time: 2000-10-06 10:54:02
Comments: your story real touch me thanks alot!!!!!!!!!!!!

Record 21
Name: Teresa Cincinnatus
Referred by: Clicked on our Banner Advertisement
From: NHS
Time: 2000-10-04 12:11:26
Comments: Hi Ginger, I attentded your session on 10/4/00 @ NHS. I am the lady that talked with you about your daughter, Candace. I was so touched by your story! May God continue to bless you and your family.

Teresa Cincinnatus (Staff @ NHS)

*Thought for today* Never look down on a person unless you're helping them UP!

Record 20
Name: Dr. Mahboob Hossain
Referred by: Another Guestbook
From: Bangladesh
Time: 2000-10-02 13:26:06
Comments: Very Dear,

I am very shocked at the tragic death of Ian. I very sincerely appreciate your efforts to prevent such tragedy in future. My friends I want to be always with you.

Let us try our best to establish drug addiction-free world. I have my message to the parents of Ian that " Do not worry I am your Ian"

I love you all

Mahboob Hossain Department of Pharmacy The University of Aisa Pacific Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209 Bangladesh

Record 19
Name: Chris Marmora Palmer
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Somers, NY
Time: 2000-10-01 19:01:51
Comments: I've been scrolling through all of your pages, and I admit I'm a little shaken. I am the mother of two small boys -- ages 2 and 7 months, and your story personifies my greatest fears as a parent. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for having the courage to bring out these issues and to dedicate your lives to making a difference in the lives of others. God bless you.

Record 18
Name: Sandi
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Springville, Utah
Time: 2000-09-27 20:18:39
Comments: I am the mom of a 19-year-old Heroin addict. I am just trying to learn how to help him, after the recent fourth relapse. I am very scared and the only one left who has not given up on him. We are waiting for a bed to free up to get him into another in-patient treatment program. My symathies are extended. May God bless you.

Record 17
Name: Kay Donello
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Boynton Beach,, Florida
Time: 2000-09-17 05:28:16
Comments: Ginger, I wish I could have known Ian,(I only met him once when he was very little) but from what I have read he sounded like one heck of a kid. Like you, very popular, and very athletic in school. From what I read it sounds like he had so much going for him. But I want to say, you and Larry are doing a great job and your contributions to this program is so much appreciated and meaningful to everyone. I only wish more parents could come forward and speak out the way you both are. I'm so very proud of you. God Bless You, your school friend from the 50's..(Queens, N.Y.)..Kay Donello

Record 16
Name: Donna Hartline
Referred by: AOL
Time: 2000-09-09 15:57:43
Comments: I came upon your web address from Sparrow. It was posted on DISCUSSIONS ON THE HAYHOUSE WEB. I have a 15 yr old who smokes cigarettes and I have tried till I am blue in the face to get him to stop. Being a Pre-school teacher of 3 yr.olds I have seen many Parents on different drugs and wonder about their children. I applaud you on the Mission you have taken and pray for your success. You have taken your pain and turned it into a positive. God Bless you and your family.

Record 15
Name: Pat Kriss
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Sound Cyclists
Time: 2000-09-09 02:58:39
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

Record 14
Name: susan dobson
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 2000-06-26 18:12:52
Comments: Ginger,

I am so proud of you!! You are the most courageous woman I have ever know. Keep us the good work - it's working.

Love, Susan

Record 13
Name: Kara Poczabut
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Stamford Conn.
Time: 2000-06-21 21:20:26
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

Record 12
Name: Tracy
Referred by: From a Friend
From: ct
Time: 2000-06-17 14:21:39
Comments: I have an 18 year old son who I believe has a drug problem. I never really believed it until 3 weeks ago, when he threw me across the room into the wall. The look in eyes, the strength he had.. i then knew in my heart. It has been a year of hell at home with him. We thought it was only because of his girl friend being so possesive and controlling. Then he started calling us names, spitting on me, breaking the front door,etc. My son and I had such a strong bond that I can't believe he could do this to his own mother. He has mostly abusive towards me. He is getting worse.He doesnt come home for days,has new friends,steals from us. We have kicked him out a few times within in the past couple months. He went out with his girlfriend for a year and she has broken up with him. She is seeing someone else. This all happened in March and since then it has been really bad at home. He is a gifted baseball player and got a full paid scholarship to college. He was the starting shortstop this year(as a freshman) Division 1 baseball. well since March and the breakup with this girl he stopped going to classes and failed every class this spring. He received a letter from his college telling him that he cannot return to their school for a year... Baseball was his life.. making it to the Pro's was his dream.. I believe he has given up on everything.. I won't give up on him.. ever ...

From a mom who needs help

Record 11
Name: Jessica Marie Cassidy
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Monroe CT
Time: 2000-06-15 04:03:58
Comments: i am so sorry for what happened to Ian. i am very proud of you guys to come out like that and explain mostly your whole life. you touched my heart. I'M SORRY once again love, Jessica

Record 10
Name: Tina
Website: JP's Page
Referred by: Lycos
From: PA
Time: 2000-06-10 03:34:05
Comments: I saw Ian's link on ourwall.net. My best friend JP also died from snorting heroin. He died July 25, 1999 at the age of 21. I miss him desperately. I am glad to see you are trying to make a difference for all those other kids. I guess all we can do is remember to smile, and smile when we remember.


Record 9
Name: Kristie Moran
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Stamford C.T
Time: 2000-06-09 13:54:26
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

Record 8
Name: christie and christina
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Stamford
Time: 2000-06-08 21:08:16
Comments: I fell real bad for you. I am real sorry about your son he must of benn a real nice guy. I wish you the best in your life, for you and your family.Your son was a nice looking guy and i hope he is resting in peace. wish you well Christie & christina

Record 7
Name: Mike Jones
Website: http://www.tommyjones.org
Referred by: From a Friend
From: NC
Time: 2000-05-31 19:56:06
Comments: There are probably thousands of parents who will never, ever understand the favor that Ginger has accomplished for them thru her program. But she has and given so fully and completely. There are thousands of other parents who have lost their child to drugs but they remain silent or just fade off into oblivion hoping to die quickly so they may join their loved one.

That takes one heck of alot of courage to overcome the daily agony losing a loved one causes . Of course, no amount of adulation given to her for this selfess work will repay her for the loss of Ian. Still I'm sure she appreciates what thanks you might give her. So take a few minutes and let her know that you appreciate her work! I do and her efforts help me to continue fighting on too.

so take care and God bless and remember that substance abuse can take anyone down. We will all have to work together to put even a dent in it. Its that bad!

Record 6
Name: Noelle Myers
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Portland OR
Time: 2000-05-31 18:06:10
Comments: I know the pain of your loss and the amount of strength you must posses to endure the future. My boyfriend overdosed in january of 2000 and died at the young age of 23. It brings me peace and good will to move forward when I see the love and effort of people like you. Thank you, and God bless.

Record 5
Name: Nicole
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Milford
Time: 2000-05-22 20:34:37
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

Record 4
Name: Diane
Referred by: AOL
From: Stamford
Time: 2000-05-22 20:17:22
Comments: To Everyone Who Reads This~~> I was very touched when I heard Ian's story, I was even crying. I know alot of people who have done weed, and i always try to help them to stop. Its very scary if your there helping them, they want it so badly, they need it. I am very happy to have them as my friends, they are stopping and aren't becoming more addicted, I am very proud of them. I am going to try even harder to stop more people from doing drugs because I don't want what happened to Ian to happen to anybody else. Thank you to the Katz Family once again for their presentation and opening up their hearts to so many people. God Bless you all. Love Always, Diane

Record 3
Name: Natasha Washington
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Stamford,Connecticut
Time: 2000-05-20 17:59:09
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

Record 2
Name: Nicole DeFelice
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Stamford,Ct
Time: 2000-05-20 16:17:01
Comments: Ms.Katz, Thank you again for giving me this web page and coming to my school for the presitation it made a big change in my life and it helped me to speak out more instead of keeping it in. I think will send this web page to as much people that i can to get the message out to them. Thank you again and i will be praying for you and your family. Lots of Love Nicole DeFelice

Record 1
Name: willie calvin mutch lll
Website: bishmetwo@hotmail
Referred by: Net Search
From: tallahassee,florida
Time: 2000-05-16 15:56:25
Comments: sorry for what happened to your son one love to ya

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