On August 18th, 2018, the life of Chemin Joy Reddy was taken in an unimaginable tragedy. Chemin was a beautiful and loving mother of three young children, and her absence creates a void that will be impossible to fill.
As a young girl, Chemin discovered music and dance. She took dance lessons. She was so graceful. She danced with the North Carolina Dance Company in the Nutcracker Ballet. She had a beautiful voice, and she loved to paint and create collages. Her parents always told her that she could become anything she wanted to be. She was so talented. So capable.
(Sisters, Jamila Reddy on the left, and Chemin Reddy on the right.)
As a teenager, Chemin began struggling with depression. These challenges continued as a student at Bennett College and intensified after she became pregnant with Joseph, her firstborn.
Initially, she was determined to finish school, but the pressure of taking care of a baby while being a full-time student was too much. She withdrew from college. Over the years, her feelings of hopelessness and overwhelm began to grow, and her depression continued, untreated.
Despite her challenges, Chemin blossomed when she became a mother. She eventually gave birth to 3 spectacular children.
Joseph, who is 10, has so much of Chemin’s playful energy. He plays basketball, golf, tennis and was a member of the YMCA swim team. Aliyah is seven years old in the second grade, but reading at a fifth-grade level. She plays golf and tennis, and just like her mom, loves music and dance. Both Joseph and Aliyah are on the A-honor roll and have been playing violin since they were 4 and 3 years old, respectively. Carmen, who is 8 months old, brings joy and happiness to everyone who sees and holds her.
Despite attempts at intervention, Chemin chose not to take prescribed medication for depression, due to fear that it would change her personality. Her mental health issues continued to be unmanaged, and she began using drugs in a misguided and desperate attempt to self-medicate.
Her drug use evolved into an addiction and she became another person affected by the opioid crisis. Addiction is an insidious disease. It was as if an intruder had invaded her brain and would not let her go. She wanted to be free from addiction. She sought support, participated in treatment, went to 12-step meetings, and communicated often with her sponsor. But, addiction pulled her down like gravity, and ultimately cost her her life.
A fund has been set up to raise money to help support Chemin’s young children. Currently, the children’s maternal grandparents, who are both retired, intend to step up as the primary caretakers.
Please join us in touching the lives of Chemin’s children by making a donation to this fund. Funds raised will go directly to providing for the children’s immediate and future needs.
*Note: Chemin’s mother, Karen Roberts, will be the custodian for all funds raised during this campaign. The family is consulting with legal professionals to manage and allocate the funds appropriately.
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