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FROM: Options@Cal U RE: Tonight..."Dare to reach your hand out into the darkness..."
4/19/2013 8:47:26 AM
To: Students, Faculty, Staff

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.  ~Norman B. Rice

Please join us at The Candle Light Vigil held in memory of those lost to substance abuse and those suffering from the disease of addiction in our communities.

Date: TODAY Friday, April 19th, 2013

Time: 7:00pm

(Check Facebook for Options at California University in case of need to cancel due to rain…a decision will be posted by 5:30pm)

Place: Rotary Park, California PA

Many lives have been destroyed by substance abuse and the disease of addiction. Too often, this disease is perceived as deserved and shameful, leaving families and friends to grieve in silence or an addict struggling to recover, alone. The Vigil strives to raise awareness and open the doors to recovery by eliminating the prejudice that has followed the disease of addiction; a disease that shows no prejudice to any walk of life or background. With the removal of shame comes the hope for survival. Acceptance of the disease can be humbling to the soul, and, in turn, empowering to those in need, to seek help.  Ultimately, by eliminating the prejudice, the tragic loss of life from drug and alcohol related deaths will diminish. The memory of our children, our relatives and our friends, who have passed, will live on in our hearts, forever honored and memorialized. May the dreams they had and the lives they lived be remembered always, and may each heart and soul they have touched, though forever changed, be healed.

OPEN TO ALL             Sponsored by Options@Cal U through a grant from Cardinal Health