I have begun to collect donations to help pay for Madison's funeral service. Money is tight around these times and I know Madison wouldn't want to burden anybody with costly expenses. I figured if everyone could help, we could lighten the load for his parents in their time of grief.
Left over money, if we reach our goal, will be donated to drugfree.org in order to help teens and young adults beat their addictions. One of Madison's goals was to become a drug counselor and help kids beat the addiction that eventually took his life, so I think this would be a good way to honor him.
Did you know the compassionate man Madison was? My younger brother is in rehab as I speak trying to fight his own battle with the same addiction that stole our friend. He is headed down the same forked street, following the same route. Madison, a few weeks ago, reached out to my little brother and spoke with him, listened to him and related to him in a way I never could because I don't understand the disease. He told my brother to keep up the fight, and that relapses were almost inevitable but to never give up. He reinforced the fact that he has a family who loved him and would stand by him and that he was strong enough to beat it. He let my little brother know that he was not alone and could call upon him anytime for advice or just to shoot the shit.
That was the man Madison was. That was the man this world lost. That was the man that no matter my failures, I will try to emulate for the rest of my days until I join him in heaven.
Madison was a friend to everybody and anybody so please help his family and his cause by donating whatever amount you can spare.
"I thank God upon every remembrance of you."
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