The fourth-annual Fairborn Against Heroin Rally for Recovery, held Monday at the Central Park Sprayground, was a chance for the community to showcase its unity.
The event, which supplied water, food and resources to those in need, featured vendors, food trucks, guest speakers, a DJ, a Kidz Korner and more.
April Gibson, secretary of Fairborn Against Heroin, said part of the message of the picnic is that addiction is a community problem and recovery is a community victory.
“This is a way to show what the face of recovery looks like. We come out and show recovery is possible,” she said.
Nick Butcher, a Fairborn Against Heroin success story, knows first-hand how difficult recovery can be.
“We try to replace desperation with hope,” he said.
“I pretty much was very self-centered, and self-destructive, self-sabotaging,” he said.
Butcher now spends time volunteering and showing others how much better life can be.
“I’m getting to the age now where I might as well do something right with my life and this is awesome,” he said.
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