Maxwell F. Baker Foundation

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Raised by 56 people in 31 months
Maxwell F. Baker died on December 28, 2016, at the age of twenty-three.  As an adolescent, he had battled the disease of  addiction, but through courage and profound determination, he had found sobriety during the last two years of his life.  Until the time of his death, Max was deeply in love, full of energy, recording new music, and building his future.  However, he was severely injured in a car accident shortly after Thanksgiving, and following surgery he relapsed in search of relief from his pain.  Max was in his third year of college when he died, and had recently changed his major to pre-med studies with the goal of becoming a physician specializing in addiction therapy.   This non-profit foundation was formed in Max's memory and is dedicated to fulfill Max's dream of helping people with substance use disorders in finding acceptance, guidance, and support as they seek recovery.  In the last days before his death, Max and his family discussed an article in the New England Journal of Medicine written by the Surgeon General titled "Ending the Opioid Epidemic - A Call to Action."  Max offered his thoughts about what vital actions can be taken right now:

-  EDUCATE THE PUBLIC that addiction is a public health problem that deserves compassion
-  GUIDE SUBSTANCE USERS to medical treatment referral options and supportive care near them
-  TRAIN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY to recognize and treat persons with a substance use disorder
-  PROVIDE NALOXONE to shelters, schools, first responders and opioid users and their families
-  SUPPORT RECOVERING SUBSTANCE USERS with treatment, clothing, food, and work opportunities
-  HELP FAMILIES to find professional care and support for themselves and their loved ones
-  ESTABLISH A VOLUNTEER "HOTLINE" for 24 hour support and treatment referral

Maxwell's obituary and a story about his brief life are here:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/telegram/obituary.aspx?pid=183270277

http://www.telegram.com/news/20170105/dianne-williamson-statistics-hid-humanity-behind-drug-addiction
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James Baker
31 months ago

Today I had the profound honor of being the first contributor to the Maxwell F. Baker Foundation for Addiction Recovery. May he rest in peace as his desire to help others lives on. In loving memory, Max's Dad

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Raised by 56 people in 31 months
Created January 24, 2017
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$500
Shari Ajayi
11 months ago

I stand with you Cuff in honoring Max’s wonderful legacy

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EDWARD SAYLOR
19 months ago

My son died 13 years ago from a heroin overdose. I am also an older ER physician and still work in primary care. It takes a long time to heal from a tragedy like this. My best to you and your family.

JS
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Jennifer Seither
19 months ago

Thoughts and prayers

MS
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Michael Saylor
19 months ago

Keep up the great work! Love what you guys are doing. I lost my brother in a very similar fashion exactly 13 years ago.

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Anonymous
19 months ago
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20 months ago
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20 months ago
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Ethan M
20 months ago

God bless you for your work and sacrifice. (The Google title has a typo: "End the Stigma – Maxwell F. Baker Foundation for Addition Recovery")

James Baker
31 months ago

Today I had the profound honor of being the first contributor to the Maxwell F. Baker Foundation for Addiction Recovery. May he rest in peace as his desire to help others lives on. In loving memory, Max's Dad

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