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Woman who lost son to drugs to tell Ian's Story

By Andrea Bulfinch
Saturday, April 6, 2013

DOVER — The story of Sunny the Beagle, a tragic tale of how a canine’s best friend was needlessly lost to drugs, will be told by “Sunny’s Story” author, Ginger Katz, to students at Dover Middle School Monday.

The story is inspired by the author’s son Ian’s losing battle with drugs.

A second reading for the community, open to any member of the public, will be held Monday evening as well. Both events are sponsored by the Dover Coalition for Youth.

Every DMS student read the book in the month of March and had an opportunity to write the author a letter. Katz will speak to the students and give her presentation during the school day.

The public session will be held at 6 p.m. in the Renaissance Theater at DMS.

At the evening presentation, Katz, CEO and Founder of The Courage to Speak Foundation, will share her son’s story. 

“Even if you think your child will never do drugs, it is important that you find out what their peers are doing and everything they are being exposed to” Katz said.

She lost her son in 1996 to an accidental drug overdose when he was 20 years old. 

Through Katz’s presentation, adults also begin to recognize the telltale signs of alcohol and other drug use, according to the Dover Coalition for Youth. 

The presentation is being sponsored by the Dover Coalition for Youth, Dover Youth to Youth, the Dover Police Department, and the Dover Middle School. 

“By the time students are in eighth grade, nearly 20 percent of them report that they have consumed alcohol within the last month,” Vicki Hebert, coordinator of the Dover Coalition for Youth said.

She said The Coalition recognizes substance abuse is an issue that needs to be talked about at an early age. She said they are excited that nearly 1,200 DMS students will hear Katz share her story.

Information about the presentation can be found at www.DoverCoalition.org or by calling the Dover Coalition for Youth at 516-3279.

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