She enjoyed making others laugh, even when she felt hurt inside.
She was a straight-A student all through high school, graduated, and started working as a secretary.
She had a son that she loved very much, but she got tied up with a guy that was no good, and started using for five or six years.
I want the world to know that she had a huge heart and her laughter was contagious. She loved helping people.” —Christina Ponte, 28, Malden, MA | Died October 3, 2016“I want people to know that she was so much more than her addiction.
She was a beautiful young woman with so much potential.
She was an animal lover—she dreamed of working on a big cat reserve in Africa.” —Rachael Schlingmann, 23, Rochester, MN | Died August 10, 2012“Rachael was a special, gifted, talented, and loving girl.
She was active in gymnastics since she was three, she was a cheerleader, and was in all of her school plays.
So we lost her and her beautiful baby too.” —Tera Guest, 24, Lorain, OH | Died January 29, 2014“Tera was an inspiration. She was kind to everyone, especially those that might not have quite fit in. She always ended every phone call with "I love you more.’” —Sarah Stanley, 24, Niceville, FL | Died January 24, 2017“Sarah loved people, and she formed lifelong friendships in school.
She was a nurse assistant and worked with the elderly. She graduated from a treatment program, and went into sober living. She had become very socially aware—she was studying a lot about different cultures and religions, and women’s rights issues.
I don’t know how she finally went down that path, but our whole town is in a state of emergency and we’re fighting like crazy to get some help.
Her sister tells me they were texting each other, and an hour later her boyfriend called to say, ‘Amber isn’t waking up.’” Alicia Nickerson, 30, Seattle, WA | Died February 23, 2016“When she was clean in rehab, she talked to her son almost everyday.
In March I had surgery, and she spent 10 days taking care of my kids and pets while I was recovering—we laid on the couch and watched movies.