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SPOTLIGHT: Brad Mersereau

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the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids commends Portland musician, activist and supporter, Brad Mersereau, for his steadfast support and staunch dedication to raising awareness about substance abuse. After losing his sister, Laura, when she was just 46, to complications related to alcohol addiction, Brad has made it his mission to make her memory matter. He explains, “The horrible disease of addiction took away everything that Laura had ever wanted for her future, including her life. I tried my best to be a good brother, and I remain supremely motivated to share our family’s story of heartache to make sure other families don’t have to go through what we did.”

To that end, Brad offers teens and young adults an opportunity to make their commitment to living sober lives through a sobriety pledge. Taking the pledge is a commitment to honor oneself, serves as encouragement for others and helps establish a supportive, sober, peer community for young people. Brad’s initial goal was to secure 25 pledges to match the number of years his sister Laura struggled with her addiction. He has far surpassed that goal and, to date, hundreds of teens have pledged to honor their minds, bodies and spirits by not smoking, using illegal drugs or drinking. His new goal is to reach 200 pledges by the end of 2011.

Brad also helps those in recovery sustain their commitment via a celebration of sobriety anniversaries. More than 350 anonymous participants signed on and collectively affirmed 4,710 sober years. Brad hopes to annually document 1,000 new sober years with a goal of attaining 20,000 drug and alcohol-free years by 2025.

the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is deeply honored to work with Brad to educate parents, families and loved ones about addiction, substance abuse and how they can change young lives.

10 Responses to this article

  1. Brad Merserau / March 31, 2014 at 1:47 am

    965 champions now celebrate 14,000 clean and sober years. 233 teens honor mind, body and spirit without drugs or alcohol before 21 thus significantly reducing the possibility for addiction in adulthood. Our mission remains to honor the memory of my sister Laura with addiction recovery and prevention affirmation. Thanks to all participants!

  2. Brad Mersereau / April 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    211 teens honor mind, body, and spirit without drugs or alcohol before 21 @ http://www.bradmersereau.com thus significantly reducing the possibility for any addiction in adulthood. Our 2013 goal is to welcome 225 Sobriety Pledges … 14 to go. Join us!

  3. Brad Mersereau / April 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    871 champions celebrate 11,817 clean & sober years @ http://www.bradmersereau.com/sobriety.html Congratulations to all! Our 2013 goal is to welcome 12,000 Sobriety Anniversary years. Our 2025 goal is to welcome 25,000 years Join us!

  4. Brad Mersereau / July 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    769 Sobriety Anniversary champions now celebrate 10,010 clean and sober years @ http://www.bradmersereau.com/sobriety.html
    Congratulations to all!! Our July 2012 goal is to welcome 15 new participants … 14 to go. Join us!

  5. Brad Mersereau / June 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    My sister Laura died June 13, 1999. Our mission is to keep her memory alive. I am grateful that 193 teens choose to honor mind, body, and spirit without drugs or alcohol before 21 thus reducing the possibility for future addiction. Our 2012 goal is to welcome 200 Sobriety Pledge participants … 7 to go. Join us! 760 recovery champions celebrate 9875 clean & sober years on our Sobriety Anniverary webpage. Our goal is to welcome 10,000 years … 125 to go. Join us!

  6. Brad Mersereau / January 5, 2012 at 3:32 am

    157 youths now pledge to honor mind, body & spirit without drugs or alcohol before 21 … 43 to go. 640 participants collectively affirm 8400 clean & sober years @ http://www.bradmersereau.com/sobriety.html Our goal is to celebrate 10,000 Sobriety Anniversary years by 12/31/12 … 1600 to go. Join us!

  7. Brad Mersereau / November 6, 2011 at 12:52 am

    151 youths now pledge to honor mind, body and spirit without drugs or alcohol before 21 … 49 to go. 568 participants affirm 7568 clean & sober years @ http://www.bradmersereau.com/sobriety.html Our goal remains to clebrate 8000 Sobriety Anniversary years by 12/31/11 … 432 to go. Join us!

  8. Brad Mersereau / October 13, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    146 youngsters have now pledged not to drink or drug … 54 to go. 543 participants collectively affirm 7300 sober years. Our new goal is to celebrate 8000 Sobriety Anniversary yeats by 12/31/11 @ http://www.bradmersereau.com Join us!

  9. Brad Mersereau / July 25, 2011 at 4:30 am

    126 youngsters have pledged to not drink or drug … 74 to go. We now have 408 participants who collectively celebrate 5750 sober years. Progress continues. Addiction recovery and prevention remain top priorities
    as we attend to our mission of keeping my sister Laura’s memory alive.

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    brad mersereau / April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Together we can make a difference. 25% of our nation’s college students are abusing or addicted. There is hope and help with prevention and recovery. Thanks to the Partnership’s illumination and our alliance.

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