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Record 71
Name: Debbie--Johnny's Sister
Website: Remembering Johnny
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Georgia USA
Time: 2001-12-06 17:26:59
Comments: I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Ian. What a handsome young man!I think what you are doing is wonderful. I am also working on a presentation. We must educate people about who drug addicts are! There is a misconception on just who these people are. My brother was a functioning addict almost until the end. He held the same job for 14 years. If you get through to just one person and keep a family from going through what we have our loved ones deaths will not be worth it but yet they will not be in vain! Kudos to you! Peace be with you and yours, Debbie

Record 70
Name: annie
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Connecticut
Time: 2001-12-03 19:40:29
Comments: Hearing about Ian has changed me

Record 69
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Norwalk CT.
Time: 2001-11-28 21:06:23
Comments: i just read the Eulugy Justin worte and id like to say that it is beautiful. as i read it my eyes just welled with tears.

Record 68
Name: Becca
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Lynchburg, VA
Time: 2001-11-20 21:05:04
Comments: Saddly, I started smoking pot when I was in the fifth grade, purely peer pressure and to "be cool!" My drug use esculated from pot into cocaine, heroin, xanax, alcohol and anything that would take me out of my self. Today, after many years of hell, I'm sober and working hard on staying this way. I wish that we addicts/alcoholics would get sober long enough to realize just how insane we really are (while using)! And, especially realize what it does to our family and friends that have to watch us slowly die. I'm sorry it took you losing your beloved son, Ian, in order for you to "get the word out" and educate the young people today! I'm sincerely grateful for your efforts and you will forever be in my prayers! God Bless you and your family! Becca

Record 67
Name: Stephanie
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Norwalk, CT
Time: 2001-11-18 10:13:02
Comments: I liked it when you came to Brien Mc Mahon this past week. It was great that someone like you came and spoke to us and that now we know what drugs can do to our families and friends. I also learned that it doesn't help lying to adults and keeping secrets about drugs. Thanks for coming.

Record 66
Name: cj
Referred by: Search Engine
From: b.m.h.s
Time: 2001-11-15 15:46:07
Comments: i liked your speach and so did my friends love cj

Record 65
Name: Eleni Papadopoulos
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Norwalk, Ct
Time: 2001-11-07 19:50:34
Comments: Hi. Thank you for helping me find the courage to speak to my uncle about how his life is more important than drugs. Thanks to you, after 25 years of drugs, hes been clean for a year. Thank you so much.

Record 64
Name: G.P.
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: NY
Time: 2001-11-07 17:07:41
Comments: I was moved by your presentation at GCS thanks for comming!

Record 63
Name: Alana Marsili
Referred by: Another Guestbook
From: New York
Time: 2001-10-29 17:23:00
Comments: Hi i'm Alana, You came and spoke to my school today, and it really touched me and my friends. We cried, and wanted to tell u that we share some of your pain, even though we can never possibly feel all the grief and sorrow, we can still sympathize for you and your loss. Thanks to u i will now pay more attention to my friend and the people around me, because if all i can do in one lifetime, is save my friends from ever doing drugs, that'll be enough. thank you and love always, ~Alana~

Record 62
Name: Aftyn
Referred by: Clicked on our Banner Advertisement
From: Ct
Time: 2001-10-23 14:43:18
Comments: Dear ginger, you did great! remember me?i am the one who walked you over to the church hall at Saint joesph's school thank you for comeing and I hope to see you soon sincerly, Aftyn Bartholomay

PS. sorry about your son.

Record 61
Name: Kurt Dermody
Referred by: From a Friend
From: East Hartford CT
Time: 2001-10-18 15:13:12
Comments: Ginger, Today when i walked into my high school auditorium i thought that this would just be another speech to us that drugs are bad dont do them but it wasnt.It was about a son that was takein from his family by a substance that has more power then any human.And as you spoke more and more about youre son it made me think about the choices i have to make as a Teen.Because of youre speech I have a different out look on what could happen to me and my family if id ever get hooked on a drug and will probably keep me from makeing a choice that could ruin my life.....Thanks you saved my life and probably a lot of other peoples in that room today

Record 60
Name: John Saltourides
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Norwalk, CT
Time: 2001-10-17 21:35:39
Comments: I am so sorry about what happened to your son Ian. This is one of the students from WEST ROCKS MIDDLE SCHOOL. If he hadn't taken those drugs he would of still been with us today. Once again I am so sorry.

Record 59
Name: Elizabeth Staak
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Norwalk, CT
Time: 2001-10-13 12:39:33
Comments: Hello. I think this is great. I am mental health professional working at Family and Children's agency in Norwalk, CT. I have my masters in social work and I am very interested in this program. If you ever need any help or volunteering please contact me. I think it is soo important to reach out to kids in the earlier ages...I have worked with children/adolescents who have abused problems and so many respond to these kinds of interventions. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Liz Staak

Record 58
Name: Morgan and Emma
Referred by: From a Friend
From: madison
Time: 2001-10-12 17:27:43
Comments: When we saw you come to Brown Middle School to talk to us it changed my life we were in tears hearing your story, and how bad we feel for you. We are sorry for your loss, and we have made the choice never to even try a drug just from hearing Ian's story. We are so proud of you for you to get up and tell that story infront of thousands of people we know we could never do that. So thank you for telling that story it has changed many lives and ours included. I am very sorry, that you had to go through that. Sincerely, Morgan and Emma

Record 57
Name: Sue Gabriele
Referred by: NewsGroups
Time: 2001-09-10 17:12:02
Comments: I went to high school with Ian and we graduated together. Ian was a wonderful person who always had a smile on his face. I give his parents so much credit for all of their work they do to try and warn others about this deadly disease.

Record 56
Name: J - G - MA
Referred by: NewsGroups
Time: 2001-09-10 13:10:55
Comments: The eyes are the window to the soul. Look into the eyes of our youth today. There is so much sadness. I don't know why, or do I? I pray for our children. Dear Lord, please lead them out of their bondage and oppression, Amen.

Record 55
Name: Anne
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Milford, CT.
Time: 2001-09-04 18:51:42
Comments: Dear Ginger, Ian , such a beautiful person. I know his Mom is as well!! You came to my childrens school a year and a half ago and to this day, the kids remember every word you said. I, as a parent, want to Thank You with all of my heart.You are so courageous and I Thank You Ginger. With Love, A Family in Milford

Record 54
Name: Jack Church
Website: Robert Thomas Church (1979-2000)
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: West, TX
Time: 2001-08-02 15:23:24
Comments: From a parent who has also buried a son, please accept my condolences. Hopefully by sharing the decisions our sons made we will prevent others from making the same mistakes.

Record 53
Name: Lara Colby Cortes
Referred by: From a Friend
From: New Port Richey, Fl
Time: 2001-07-26 11:19:35
Comments: I wish that I had found this sight sooner. I am So happy to see that there are people that care. I lost my sister in Sept. of 2000. We are still in shock. I hate the man that sold her drugs, and that last night of her life was so un-necessary. I pray for my Mother, for her heart must ache like no other ache in the world. I love you Julie!

Record 52
Name: Lisa Colby
Referred by: AOL
From: New Orleans, Louisiana
Time: 2001-07-26 00:23:02
Comments: In memory of my sister, Julie Lee Colby, who died on September 20, 2000 of an overdose of oxycontin. I hope she found the peace in heaven that she didn't find on earth. We love you and miss you!!!

Record 51
Name: Angie
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Tennessee
Time: 2001-07-23 14:15:52
Comments: Hello, I would like to say how sorry I am about your son. I myself have done the drug oxycontin which is a form of heroin.It is a pill that is prescribed to cancer patients and people with chronic pain. The town that I live in 80% of the young people in ti are on this drug. I have just recently quit doing the drug, but I Have had a long road to travel and i am still traveling it. This little pill has turned the town that I live in upside down. It is not going to be lonf before somebody is found dead because of thos drug. It is very addicting and when people bring it to you (Me) it is hard to say no.I have worried my mother to death and about drove her crazy over it, but I am finally getting straightened out. I have enrolled in the Air Force and plan on leaving within a month. I hope to be a different person.But again I am so sorry about your loss. I don't know if it is worse when the parents know what thier kid is doing or when they don't. Either way you still have to live with it. With my sympathy (Angie)

Record 50
Name: J. Smith
Referred by: From a Friend
Time: 2001-07-18 22:27:56
Comments: Inspiring

Record 49
Name: Victoria
Website: Childrens Preservation Society of Pennsylvania
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Northeastern Pennsylvania
Time: 2001-07-10 23:20:32
Comments: Dear Ginger, First, my sincere sympathy to you and your family for your loss. I can relate to your loss and your agony. (((((hugs))))))))

Your Courage To Speak is to be commended. Please know that your voice has made a positive difference in the lives of many.

May God continue to bless your work and your life, and guide you every step of the way.

I look forward to email correspondances with you, and hopefully; one day; to personally meet you,as we have much in common re: our purpose and mission.

Carpe Diem, Victoria (Vicki)

Record 48
Name: Bigi Sann
Website: Beeg's Site!
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Wilton, CT
Time: 2001-07-10 17:53:55
Comments: Dear Mrs. Katz, A while ago you came to my school, Middlebrook in Wilton, CT to talk about Ian's story. I just wanted to let you know how touched I was by what you said- you were inspiring and gave me much hope. I always think of you and your family and wonder how you are doing- I check on the web site often too. I hope I will hear you speak again one day, though Ian's experiance with drugs was upseting, it made me more aware of the dangers of drugs and how it can destroy and confuse families. You will aways remain in my mind as an honest, loving, strong, and truthful person Mrs. Katz. Much love, Bigi

Record 47
Name: testing
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 2001-06-16 19:41:20
Comments: testing

Record 46
Name: ginger
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 2001-06-01 15:54:00
Comments: testing

Record 45
Name: Donna DeLuca
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Newtown, CT
Time: 2001-05-24 21:36:48
Comments: God bless you in your mission and may He keep you steadfast in your journey. Your challenges are great, as you are fighting an entire culture. I will pray for your continued strength, wisdom, and the perseverence you will need to reach as many of our children as possible. We need to be united in our search for the answers that will enable our children to lead long, happy, drug-free lives.

Record 44
Name: Vicki Carosielli
Website: Its My Life
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Trumbull CT
Time: 2001-05-13 19:15:17
Comments: Mrs. Katz, a while ago about a month or so u came to my school and i wanted to tell you how sorry i am and how much ur speach inspired me and many others to stay away from drugs a few ppl even have thought of stopping drinking smoking etc...thank you very much and good luck in the future

Record 43
Name: Emma Stein
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Redding, CT
Time: 2001-05-07 11:56:51
Comments: Thank you so much for coming to my school and talking to us about how bad drugs are for us, i know how hard it was for you to tell us about your son, but thank you, thank you again and again for coming to my school and sharing your story with us ~Emma

Record 42
Name: Emily Wickey
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Westport, CT
Time: 2001-05-03 20:41:59
Comments: Thank you for the couraget help the ones I love

Record 41
Name: Gerald
Website: magazin-fitness
Referred by: Another Guestbook
From: Europe - Germany - Mainz - Bad Kreuznach - Hallgarten
Time: 2001-05-02 05:48:27
Comments: Hallo,

wollte mir mal andere Gästebächer anschauen. Nicht schlecht gemacht Deine Seiten.

Gru&szilg Gerald

Record 40
Name: Stefanie
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Connecticut
Time: 2001-04-26 21:02:01
Comments: Mrs. Katz' presentation was very moving. I feel teeible for all Ian's friends and family that had to go through this. No one should ever do drugs, and I believe alot of kids in ym school were truly touched and may think twice before taking drugs now. Thank you Mrs. Katz and good luck in the future. We are with you.

Record 39
Name: Lauren
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Trumbull High
Time: 2001-04-26 17:13:45
Comments: Your presentation today at our school was amazing. Almost everyone was moved to tears to hear Ian's story. Mrs. Katz, you have so much courage inside of you to be able to talk to us about your son, and so much love for him to be able to bring his story to others so that we can make better choices. Your story had a deep affect on many of the students and we all thank you so much for taking time to share such a truthful and awakening story with us.

Record 38
Name: Lauren Pinto
Referred by: AOL
From: Trumbull
Time: 2001-04-26 15:42:30
Comments: Iam very sorry for your loss. I hope everyone who hears your story will always think twice before touching any time or drug again.

Record 37
Name: Mike Hedrick
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Connecticut
Time: 2001-04-26 15:40:04
Comments: I like your web site. You are so brave talking about your son. My deepest condlines to you and larry. I'm glad you're dealing with it well.

Record 36
Name: Melissa
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Redding
Time: 2001-04-15 21:17:26
Comments: I think your presintation's will help many people. Thank you.

Record 35
Name: Kristin Hanczor
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Redding, Connecticut
Time: 2001-04-12 16:45:13
Comments: I just wanted to say that you, Mrs. Katz, are very brave!!! I don't know how you could have talked to my school, John Read Middle School, without crying hysterically!!! I would have! That is such a sad story! I was crying in my seat. You have definately taught me to never do drugs and to try my hardest to keep my 3 brothers away from them. I am so sorry for what has happened to you!!! But thank you very much for teaching me everything!! You definately have the Courage to Speak!!! And to Ian, your mother is great and I hope when I grow up, I can have the courage to speak just like her!!! And even though you left everyone you loved after a short life, believe me, you will see them again!!! ~Kristin~ :)

Record 34
Name: Emma
Website: Da Bratty Angel
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Redding CT
Time: 2001-04-12 14:04:43
Comments: I go to John Read Middle School and i loved you presentation. It was very sad but i now know that drugs are VERY bad. You have a great program that should reach a lot of peoples hearts.

Record 33
Name: Maria Linton
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Trumbull, CT
Time: 2001-04-10 20:14:08
Comments: I just wanted to say that you vistied my school this year, Madison Middle school. This presentaion was not only very sad it was informing. It was informing to hear about what these drugs could do to you. i wanted to thank you for sharing me your story. thanksyou very much

Record 32
Name: Alex Lewis
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Wilton, CT
Time: 2001-04-10 18:09:34

Record 31
Name: Jon Hempstead
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Norwalk
Time: 2001-04-07 21:58:07
Comments: Ginger, I am just visiting your site for the first time and I really think what you are doing is so wonderful. Drugs are so widely used by such innocent people. The best way to prevent kids from using these drugs is for them to hear stories like yours. It is amazing how much of an impact Ian's death has had on people. He truely did touch many peoples hearts and still is through your presentations. Ian was one of the best friends I could have ever had in my youth. Me being two years younger I had always looked up to him. He always made me feel good, always looked out for me, always tried to include me in everything he did, and always had good intentions with everything he did. He was a beautiful person, and I truely belive he is an angel. I lost touch with Ian during the "bad times" and had always wanted to talk to him to see how he was doing. A week before his death while I was leaving a party I saw him going in. I wanted to go back and talk with him so badly since I hadn't spoken with him in about 2 years. I regret that night, for the next time I saw him he was in a casket. His death had a major impact on me. I think about him all the time. I'm now 23 years old, and still to this day look up to him the same way I used to. He will always be with me and the many other people whos lives hes touched. -Jon

Record 30
Name: Ed Bisch
Website: Warnings about OXY abuse.
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Philadelphia PA
Time: 2001-04-04 22:34:53
Comments: Your site and Mission are great. My son died 2/19/01 at the age of 18 after chewing OXYCONTIN(oxy). Many consider this drug to be like heroin in a pill and the death toll is rising. Many kids don't realize how dangerous abusing OXY is and many parents have never heard of it. Please visit my website www.oxykills.com and help spread the warning to save some lives.

Record 29
Name: Sara
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Wilton, CT
Time: 2001-04-04 17:08:05
Comments: I saw your talk last year at the high school and it was amazing. It really brought everyone to a sence of reality...

Record 28
Name: Jen Gilmour
Referred by: From a Friend
Time: 2001-04-04 11:17:25
Comments: Dear Mrs.Katz, I am a thirteen year old student from Middlebrook School in Wilton, Ct. I just wanted to thank you for coming to our school and sharing your story. It takes a lot of courage to talk about the death of someone you love. Never the less, it is people like you who can slowly change the world. Thank you again for sharing your story. Best regards, Jennifer Gilmour

Record 27
Name: Kiki Stevenson
Referred by: From a Friend
Time: 2001-04-04 11:12:20
Comments: You came to our school, Middlebrook, in Wilton, Ct. I would like to thank you for comming and speaking to us about your son and his problems. I think we all here at Middlebrook gained knowlege from your presentation. And I know we will all think twice about using drugs. Thank you again.

Record 26
Name: Tinker Cooper
Website: Families Against Drugs
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Orlando, Florida
Time: 2001-04-02 19:53:28
Comments: I met Ginger in Washington, DC for the Supreme Court hearing. We are both on the same mission as we both lost our beautiful boys to heroin overdoses. My son, Joe Stephens, used heroin one or two times but was a chronic user of pot and ecstasy. I formed an organization in Florida called Families Against Drugs and do the same thing that Ginger does. I quit my job a year ago as a teacher to devote myself to educating young people and parents about the destructive and deadly consequences of drug use. God Bless Tinker Cooper Executive Director Families Against Drugs 3536 Edlingham Ct. Orlando, Fl. 32812 Phone: 407-240-1891

Record 25
Name: Flo Millette
Website: CT Senior Games
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Connecticut
Time: 2001-04-02 16:57:39
Comments: Ian has a sad & very important message to share with us. If you listen closely you will feel the heartache his family has indurred, but from beyond the walls Ian cries "Drugs don't work." Listen & heed his words. Don't let his tradegy become yours.

Record 24
Name: Sarah MacKeil
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Trumbull CT
Time: 2001-03-25 10:26:32
Comments: I am so sorry for your loss, and I'd like to thank you for coming to my school to talk about it. All my simpathy is to you. Keep doing what you're doing, and trying to help other kids from what your son did, It will help millions of kids. People WILL listen. Thank You again ~Sarah~

Record 23
Name: lucy
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: connecticut
Time: 2001-03-24 20:32:56
Comments: Mrs Katz, after your story at my school i was deeply moved , it was a very insprational speech. i wish you and larry the best of luck and thank you for your presentation.

Record 22
Name: Jimmy P.
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Connecticut
Time: 2001-03-17 12:14:22
Comments: Hello, My name is Jimmy, I am from a Connecticut school that you spoke at. I can't say I know how you fell because I don't. Im sorry. Your speech made me think and ill try my hardest to stay away from drugs.

Record 21
Name: Sara
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Trumbull CT
Time: 2001-03-17 12:11:23
Comments: hi i was at one of the presentations and it just is soo sad..my friend and i were crying! we feel so bad! RIP: IAN 96'

Record 20
Name: Noel Altan
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Trumbull, Connecticut
Time: 2001-03-15 20:05:07
Comments: What an inspirational story. Your story taught me alot of things. One to cherish every day of life like it is your last, always do everything to your fullest and never have any doubts about yourself. Ian to me was a very loving person who hid his fears with a smile. I know i never knew him but the truth is I feel like I am close to him some how maybe it was the tears coming down my face as I read your touching, delicate story. Ian made a bad choice in his path to adult hood but that doesn't mean he wasn't smart because he was but he just was afraid to me. I recently about 1 year ago had to deal with a death of my Uncle Frankie who died of drugs and he reminded me so much of Ian in lots of ways..loving, caring, always had a big smile, and sometimes scared because they didnt know what would hit them next. I know dealing with a loss of someone is hard and it takes a long time to get over especially if it's some one so close to your heart. Good luck in your future years Mrs. Katz with fulfilling your dream of making a difference because I think you already have.

Record 19
Name: kaitlin
Website: hardcore quotes
Referred by: From a Friend
From: trumbull, ct
Time: 2001-03-15 18:13:18
Comments: hi there, my name it kaitlin. you and larry came to our school (madison middle school). you gave a wonderful presentation. my eyes filled up with tears, and i know lots of my other friends cried. after it was over, everyone was talking about it. it is by far the best presentation that we have ever had. i'm very sorry about your son. i have a friend who died from drugs. we were very close, and i even knew about it. thanx for helping me understand that i'm not the only one who has delt with this before. i hope to see you again (mabye THS next year?)

Record 18
Name: amanda
Referred by: From a Friend
From: trumbull
Time: 2001-03-15 16:26:32
Comments: i'm sorry about what happen to your son. when you told your story to my school it made me think about people who do take durgs. now i know what happens to people who take durgs and i never want to take durgs. thanks for telling your story to my school i think it will help kids like me not to take durgs. thanks for comming, amanda at hillcrest middle school

Record 17
Name: Nicole DiScala
Referred by: AOL
From: Norwalk
Time: 2001-03-13 16:35:05
Comments: Mrs. katz even though i didnt no Ian for a long time, my sister did and we both will always remeber him. We will remeber what happen so that if we ever get stuck in a situation were we are asked to do a drug we will think of Ian and say no

Record 16
Name: Steven & Julie Steiner
Website: Dad's And Mad Mom's Against Drug Dealers
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Tioga Cener
Time: 2001-03-04 11:09:15
Comments: Together We Can Win The war On Drugs

Record 15
Name: amy olsen
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: CT
Time: 2001-02-22 17:34:09
Comments: Just looking for a way to be in his life again. Anyway to feel close to his heart.Still think about his smile and love we shared together..Loving him always,Amy

Record 14
Name: Patty
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Stratford CT
Time: 2001-02-21 08:50:17
Comments: Your website is wonderful. I am going through the drug problem with my 16 yr old daughter, who just seems to be getting deeper into it although we have been trying to get her help. I also have a 15 yr old son who is experimenting also with drugs. Hopefully we can reach him before he gets as far a his sister. They just seem to think it's not addicting and won't hurt them. I look forward to hearing you speak on March 14.

Record 13
Name: Marie
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: CT
Time: 2001-02-14 15:45:10
Comments: Hi, Your web site really touched me. I am sorry about your son. My son is 18 and we are going through the same thing. I am glad you are letting people know that it can happen to any kid. My son has a loving mom, dad and sister. He just doesn't love himself. My prayers go out to you and your family and all the other families going through this. God Bless

Record 12
Name: Theresa BAton
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Mystic, CT
Time: 2001-02-14 11:50:22
Comments: Thanks for sharing this story. My own son thinks marijuana is great and harmless. He just got arrested at school for smoking it at school with his friends. Not so much fun anymore. We have tried and tried to teach him the right path. I am having him look at your web site and maybe it will help. I am also a High School Nurse and I am giving a copy of yur pages to the principal. Maybe you could be invited to speak. Blessings to you and yours. Theresa

Record 11
Name: Tina M. Pitts
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New Haven, Connecticut
Time: 2001-02-14 00:08:50
Comments: I am glad that someone out there has the courage to speak out for america's children.

Record 10
Name: Paola
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Stmaford, CT
Time: 2001-02-12 09:01:25
Comments: Ireally like your page!!i noe a lot of peepz that do drugs and smoke.. they are my age.. well , i f you can can you e-mail back.. thanz.. bye ~*~paola~*~

Record 9
Name: Martin Horan
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: CLASP Homes, Inc.
Time: 2001-02-08 16:32:39
Comments: Great site....Great work!

Record 8
Name: Addison Van Ness
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Greenwich, CT
Time: 2001-02-04 13:47:32
Comments: Professionally and personally Ginger Katz, Courage to Speak Foundation, is a tour-de-force in the campaign against substance abuse! Ginger, I commend you for the work that you do ... opening the eyes of parents everywhere to the world their children are growing up in. I wish you the best in all that you do! Warm regards, Addison

Record 7
Name: Cathy Grippi
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Wilton, CT
Time: 2001-02-03 15:19:02
Comments: Keep it going as long as you can Ginger & Larry! As someone who has seen your presentaion and spoken with you both I have been inspired to engage my peers, parents of adolescents and teens, in conversations about paying attention to their kids and other kids in the community. I truly believe that it is irresponsibile not to share what you know especially when you know that a kid is in harms way. (Of course, you must remember that as the messenger, you can be "shot down" but that is something that can be survived.)

Record 6
Name: L
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Wilton, CT
Time: 2001-01-31 00:12:37
Comments: Though I viewed your presentation nearly a year ago, I just now found this website. Your words were both aesthetic and powerful, sending chills down my spine. Your son, like myself and many other teens, experiments with drugs despite the amount of potential each person withholds. While browsing through your site, I came across a photo of Ian that was taken in Cranbury park. This has really hit home for me since that is a place I often go. Though your story has taught me many lessons about the useage of drugs and your courage is unbelieveable, I'm afraid I will still continue. I am aware of the dangers of heroin, cocaine, dxm, and other such drugs and I have promised myself to never experiment with them. Thank you for your inspirational story and I wish you the best luck in the future.

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Name: Melissa Barr
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Connecticut
Time: 2001-01-30 13:08:10
Comments: You came to speak at my school a few weeks ago and your speech really touched me. I took one of your cards so I could explore you wepage. I wanted to say that I think that you talking about Ian's death helps so many people. I think when stories like yours comes from someone who has truly experianced it, the impact is much greater. Looking at the pictures and listening to your story brought tears to my eyes and I want to thank you for sharing Ian's story with me.

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Name: Jerry Mudge
Referred by: From a Friend
Time: 2001-01-29 22:21:21
Comments: Ginger, \ This is a great site. You are really doing good. I wish we could get the media attention you have gotten. God is using you in a MIGHTY way. Blessings, Jerry

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Name: Michael C. Askew
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Connecticut
Time: 2001-01-27 21:28:40
Comments: Ginger Katz is a remarkable Woman who's courage to speak out has undoubtably helped thousands of people. Thank you Ginger for being that special spokesperson.

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Name: Debbie Fowler
Website: Remembering ADAM Inc.
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Pennsylvania
Time: 2001-01-13 08:49:19
Comments: You are doing a great job. We mom's must stick together and fight the fight. Your site is wonderful. Living each day without our sons is so hard but going out and telling our stories is a must. Convincing just one person to not use drugs is enough reason to continue the fight. Keep up the good work and may our Angels in Heaven smile brightly down upon us. Debbie

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Name: yvonne
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: canada
Time: 2001-01-08 01:02:03
Comments: Ginger,

I received your email today, and at first I wonder why would you email me and who are you. Then I thought it must be from OURWALL. As our children are there, we now have a bond, a bond that is one I wish we didn't have. It is hard having a child die from drugs, the pain of the death, the lonliness, the want to follow. And then add on to that the judgment from others, not so much the judgement of you as a parent but the judgement of a child that is now dead, and can never overcome this stigma that society has put on them. The, "they must have been a rotten child," or dirty, or whatever it is that people like that think. For myself I don't care what they call me, but it hurts to know that people, when they learn of my daughters death and how she died, will so quickly judge a 16 year old girl. So like you I have taken a stand and am fighting the stigma attached to this disease. In March of this year we will have our first forum on drugs to teach the children that it is dangerous and also to teach the parents that it can and does happen to all in all walks of life. Race, creed, religion, nor money has a bearing on this disease, it is available to all. And will kill all that get caught in its wake. Thank you for doing what you do, between the countries of this world maybe one day we can have a drug free world, once we all rise up and decide that we don't want to take it anymore.

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