The mission of the Blake’s Star Fund
is to provide access to recovery and rehabilitative support for persons
in need that cannot afford it.
At age 20, Blake was like many other teenagers
that had reached a new plateau in life, except for one life threatening
fact. He, too, had experimented with many different drugs in his youth,
starting at 11, and had found a brief escape from reality that only fired
the desire for one more. He, however, had become addicted, and his addiction
culminated in the use of heroin, a drug that was beyond his ability to
control. Treatment facilities and their programs were far too expensive.
His journey tragically ended after an overdose.
Blake’s story is not unique. The National
Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that more than 23 million
people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol and other drugs, affecting
millions more people -- spouses, children, family members, friends, neighbors,
and colleagues at work. Across America, we hear more and more about an
epidemic of opiate abuse, a public health crisis that demands more resources
and increased accessibility to the best drug treatment and recovery services
Our Donors are concerned about the ever-growing
problems of drug and alcohol addiction that is sweeping our nation, ravaging
our youth, and straining our families and communities to the limit. The
Teddy’s Star Foundation has joined hands with the Caron Treatment Centers,
www.caron.org, one of the nation’s most
highly regarded not-for-profit treatment organizations, as the exclusive
recovery resource for the Blake’s Star Program. Coordinating this effort
will be E.N. (Chip) Burson, a long-time supporter and Executive Advisor
for our foundation.
This selection was made based on the internationally
recognized expertise at Caron for family-oriented treatment, and programs
which address the whole person (bio-psycho-social-spiritual) with respect
to themselves, their families, and their communities. Blake’s Star is devoted
to its focus on care specific to preventing suicide, and to fostering continuing
recovery from addiction and complicating mental health problems.
We are also deeply grateful to Caron for
matching the $50,000 start-up round of funding with $50,000 of in-kind
for treatment services. This has inspired other interested donors and clinical
contributors to step up and assist in development of the project. The long-range
intention is to not only treat those in need of financial assistance, but
to also develop ever-improving treatment methods and enhancing prevention
Teddy’s Star is the primary funding source
for Blake’s Star, but is not engaged in the clinical decisions regarding
treatment. Teddy’s Star staff and/or the Board receive recommendations
for funding of worthy candidates in need from Caron Treatment Centers,
but do not engage in any treatment services. Recipients of funding and
treatment remain anonymous, and all communications are subject to prevailing
healthcare privacy laws, acts, rules, and regulations.
Please become a Donor, and join us and
our other generous Donors in helping suffering people who need premier
recovery and rehabilitative services but cannot afford them.