A fairwell to Daniel Wolanski

$4,660 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 86 people in 44 months
Steve Wireman
on behalf of Lisa Wolanski
 STRONGSVILLE, OH
It is with incredible sadness that on Monday April 20th, 2015 we lost Daniel Wolanski to his intense battle with heroin. He is survived by his mother, Lisa Wolanski, his father Michael Wolanski and his sister Alyssa Wolanski.

Anyone who ever met Daniel was taken instantly by his heartfelt smile and quick sense of humor. He brought life everywhere he went. Daniel made a lot of good choice in life, and he made some very bad ones as well.

Unfortunately a day came that Daniel was introduced to a very dark path which brings us to where we are today. Daniel struggled for years against and with heroin. Countless times through clear eyes he wanted to so desperately stop, but the strength of the addiction like for most, was too big of a burden to bare, and on that day the addiction defeated Daniel in a most devastating way.

He was a kind and fun spirited young man and we don't want to leave his memory as such which is why we are choosing to celebrate the life he had and the love he shared with many in his time on this earth.

Heroin does not destroy just a person, it devastates an entire family, it brings entire communities to their knees with grief, and it leaves a path of total destruction that cannot be rebuilt. If you are breathing, you still have a choice.

The unplanned expenses without life insurance are only the beginning of the fallout from a heroin overdose, and the victim of heroin extends far beyond the user. Please help his parent alleviate some of this burden and show the world that we ARE a strong community and we ARE tired of dealing with an epidemic that has an absolute cure.

If this heroin epidemic or any other addiction has impacted your life, or you know and love Daniel Wolanski, or know and love any of the Wolanski’s, please donate so the family can focus on grieving and not all of the unplanned expenses.

After all is said and done and the path to healing begins Lisa, Alyssa, and Michael Wolanski as well as anyone that chooses to get involved will be bringing this fight to the community. People need to be educated, parents need to know the signs, friends need to know that it is OK to say something to someone about it, the community is at war and have no ammunition.

All extra funds as well as their own will be used to start a campaign in Daniel's name to help as many people as possible fight their addiction to heroin in the hopes that other family’s will never have to walk down this road that is way too frequently travelled.
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We will never be able to tell everyone enough how thankful we are for your support of this family. Thank you for all of the contributions, and messages, as well as words of hope. As the story spreads throughout the news community we receive more and more feedback from people and their experiences with addiction. The goal sounds so simple, the battle unimaginable. Stop the deaths, stop the addictions, and eliminate the need for drugs. We are working on getting people involved and the road will be treacherous however, this family is determined that something can be done and enough is enough. Our goal was to stop hiding and to let people know they aren't alone. The young people that addiction overtakes need help getting back and need to know that they do matter. Thank you all again.
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One of the hardest things to do is to say goodbye to a loved one, even harder when it is someone so young. We hope that Dan's story can save lives and that everyone will be willing to tell it. It isn't just about heroin, it is about addiction. Something labeled evil having control over a life. Reach out to someone you know is suffering, the parents of someone, friends of someone. Don't let it stay hidden.

Today his obituary is in the plain dealer I would really like to have his be the last because of addiction. His we cannot change, others that are still with us we can.

If you can help this family please do so, or share this story if you cannot. It doesn't need to be hidden nor ignored.
RIP Dan
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I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for their continued support.

The obituary for Daniel has been made available

http://buschfuneral.tributes.com/obituary/show/Daniel-Joesph-Wolanski-102411062

Thank you again for helping this family.
Daniel Joseph Wolanski
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Dan Stuckey
43 months ago
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We are Dan & Jan Stuckey and our family lived in Avon Lake 15 years and we call it home. First our heart goes out to you and your family. We also have had a family member deal with this addiction disease but we so far our the lucky ones as John is doing well in recovery. He started a non profit called ARCHway Institute for Mental Health and Addictive Disorders http://thearchwayinstitute.org/ and I would like to find a way to reach out to the family. If someone would pass along a contact number somehow it would be great. We are putting on a number of events in Ohio to raise awareness and raise funds for individuals that want to be in recovery but do not have the financial means to do so.

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Kelly Hughes
44 months ago
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With my donation imade a couple mistakes...meant to say..Daniel and quite spirit please forgive me and i am truly sorry for your loss..

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Nick Calvert
27 months ago

Hope this small donation helps in some way. Your words will help others. Sorry for your loss.

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Levi Harris
37 months ago
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God bless you. I grew up in a small town in southern Illinois that has also suffered so much loss from drug and alcohol addiction. I read your story in the New York Times yesterday, and I was so moved by your bravery, even though I know your hearts are breaking and nothing will ever be whole again. Keep putting one foot in front of the other--that's all you can do.

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41 months ago
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Sharp Electronics
42 months ago

Our deepest sympathy, your friends from Sharp Electronics.

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Vernon Nelson
43 months ago
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Please accept my condolences. My family and I will keep you in our prayers.

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Thomas Dillon
43 months ago
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Continuing to keep you in our prayers, hoping for peace. Liz and Thom Dillon

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Chuck Braxton
43 months ago
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So sorry for your loss Mike, you and you're family are in my prayers.

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Anonymous
43 months ago
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Dan Stuckey
43 months ago
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We are Dan & Jan Stuckey and our family lived in Avon Lake 15 years and we call it home. First our heart goes out to you and your family. We also have had a family member deal with this addiction disease but we so far our the lucky ones as John is doing well in recovery. He started a non profit called ARCHway Institute for Mental Health and Addictive Disorders http://thearchwayinstitute.org/ and I would like to find a way to reach out to the family. If someone would pass along a contact number somehow it would be great. We are putting on a number of events in Ohio to raise awareness and raise funds for individuals that want to be in recovery but do not have the financial means to do so.

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Kelly Hughes
44 months ago
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With my donation imade a couple mistakes...meant to say..Daniel and quite spirit please forgive me and i am truly sorry for your loss..

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