Marisa’s Purpose: Faith, Hope, & Love


Marisa’s mom, Connie Gyorr, shares her mission to help other parents deal with and prevent the effects of drug abuse.

Drug addiction is a disease that does not discriminate. It’s become an epidemic in our community, and in order for it to stop parents and students need to become educated on the effects of drug abuse, how to prevent it from going too far and how they can seek help.It’s extremely important for me to reach out to as many people and communities as I possibly can. I’ve started with Piatt County and with the help of my community, I’m hopeful that this message will spread to the rest of the state and nation! It’s going to take every bit of a village, but I’m very hopeful.

I’ve spent countless hours/days researching ways to not only get through to parents, grandparents, and students but also reach out to those who could be struggling with addiction. There’s so much information and so many resources, but thousands of parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers still remain uneducated and unaware of the drug epidemic occurring right in our community.

Marisa once told me she felt her purpose in life was to help people, and while I didn’t quite comprehend what she meant at the time, I now know she couldn’t have been more right. Marisa may not be here on earth, but her memory will forever be eternal, and I’m hoping to live out her purpose through the Marisa’s Purpose: Faith, Hope and Love Charity. My hope in creating this charity is that we can help as many people as possible struggling with drug abuse in our local and surrounding communities.

I can’t thank our community enough for supporting this cause. Marisa was always very determined and I feel like her spirit is helping us make leaps and bounds! I feel extremely blessed.

Learn more about Marisa’s Purpose: Faith, Hope, & Love and A Man in Recovery, March 29th at 7pm at the Bement High School Gym and March 30th at 7pm at the Monticello High School Auditorium.  Child care will be provided.

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