The SafeLaunch co-founders felt excited but pensive on their way to Fullerton, California for this 26th SafeLaunch Flight Above Addiction aviation event, taking place the day before Mother’s Day. Carrying not only art supplies, they were bringing an important, hopeful message for families.
The names of 85 young people who died from drugs and/or alcohol have now been permanently affixed under the wings of the plane that is donated to this important prevention mission. Their life stories, shared by their parents, are an integral part of the SafeLaunch mission. While children painted their dreams on the plane and young parents learned about the risk of addiction to developing brains, our “Wing Parents” were in their communities across the country anticipating with heavy hearts how to get through another holiday without their child. To these mothers and fathers we say thank you, and take solace knowing that your child is flying to help protect children from addiction and parents from grief.
SafeLaunch shares the science of addiction risk and the stories of young people whose lives were cut too short with the belief that informed parents will be equipped to do everything possible to protect their children from the preventable disease of addiction. It’s not possible to regulate, enforce or treat our way out of this epidemic that killed over 55,000 Americans last year, but we can protect children from early exposure… where 90% of the disease begins.