To support families impacted by mental health and substance use disorders, with an emphasis on prevention and removing the stigmas associated with these disorders.
It’s played in slow motion, like watching a movie on the big screen. The finest of details, eternally etched in my mind. The warmth of a spring day, the bright sun and the trees finally awakening. The song that had been playing earlier, the conversations that were had, the lunch that would never be finished. May 30, 2017 – forever the day that would separate my life into the before and after.
Remarkable is a word that we don’t use lightly. It is extraordinary; not the rule, but the exception. But it’s a word that so many of his friends and family used to describe Tim. Substance use disorder claimed his life, but it certainly did not define it.
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In the midst of incomprehensible grief, I was determined to find what some have termed “collateral beauty” – grace in the wake of tragedy
The unbreakable bond between a boy and his dog became the catalyst for Project Paws.
Struggling with Tim’s absence while he was attending a therapeutic wilderness program in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a miniature dachshund found his way into our home and hearts. We chose the name Tip, short for Timothy Patrick. Tip became a lifeline, a beacon of hope during a tumultuous time. I began to see the endless opportunities animals held for helping humans heal. It only seemed fitting that our first project, Project Paws, focused on the bonds of human-animal interaction.