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In Memory of Nick

I lost my little brother, Nick, who was 20 years old to an accidental overdose of fentanyl-laced heroin on April 1, 2019.

He had just come back home from rehab and was ready to start fresh – I was so proud of him, we all were. He was starting to embrace the light again after 2 years of darkness and isolation.

Before his life was stolen by his addiction, he loved playing soccer, spending time at the beach and in the sun, helping out his Grandma with yard work, loving on his dog, Lucy, putting on amazing firework shows on the Fourth of July, and spending time with his family.

He was a light in so many peoples’ lives – wanted to change the world with his big dreams and aspirations. He wanted to become a lawyer and was just telling me a couple days before he died that once he got clean + graduated college, he wanted to help people like him.

​When I watched him struggle with his addiction, I often asked, “Why him? Why does he have to suffer from this terrible disease? Why is this happening to our family?” And to be honest, there are no answers to those questions, there never will be – because addiction does not discriminate.

Addiction is not fair. It is taking the brightest minds and the biggest hearts away from us and it isn’t fair. Nothing about this will ever make sense.

I am sad for all of the life he will not get to live. I will never get to see him graduate college. I will never get to see him get married. I will never get to see him change the world – because he would’ve, in his own little way.

I love him, I miss him, but I am at peace knowing that the tough, monstrous battles that he was fighting are over.

8.28.98 – 4.1.19

by Madison, Nick’s Sister

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