Hope joined the fight hosting Mahoning County's first Annual International Overdose Awareness Day Event in August, 2015 following the overdose death of her daughter's friend in April of 2015. It was ruled a heroin overdose. During this same time Hope's step-daughter, Jody, was struggling with her 2-decade long battle with Substance Use Disorder.
After meeting the parents of Donnie and having his father speak at OhioCAN Mahoning's first event, Hope felt the need to Embrace, Educate and Empower those living in Mahoning County who, too, were struggling with the shame and stigma felt nationwide.
In was in December of 2018 after a long and courageous battle with substance use disorder, Hope lost her step-daughter Jody due to a fentanyl overdose.
The fight continues for Hope as she advocates for people who use drugs, especially harm reduction initiatives. She actively distributes Narcan, the drug which reverses an overdose due to opiates/narcotics.
She has seen firsthand the devastation and destruction endured by loved ones, families and the communities. This fuels her desire to continue to fight and help bring attention to this horrific health crisis.