There is an old saying, “Out of something bad, make something good.” In this instance it would be, “Try to make something good come out of the most devastating thing a mother can experience.”
Debi Nadler’s 28-year-old son, Brett, died of a drug overdose in May 2018. She has been active in the online Grieving Mom Community, working to end the stigma against drug users. She reached out to fellow mom, Juli Shamash, when she learned of the death of Juli’s 19-year-old son, Tyler, in October 2018. The two moms realized that their sons had lived across the hall from each other for a short time in the same treatment center. Juli and Debi bonded over their similar experiences and losses, and decided they wanted to work together to address the overdose epidemic and support the prosecution of drug dealers who cause drug-induced deaths. The two moms have formed an organization called “Moms Against Drugs” with the goals of promoting drug abuse awareness and overdose prevention and providing resources and support to other moms who want to put on awareness events in their neighborhoods.
Debi lives in Las Vegas and enjoys spending time with her family and two gorgeous grandchildren. She is passionate about carrying on Brett’s legacy of supporting animal rescue organizations. Juli lives in Los Angeles and is busy with her husband raising her son and daughter, taking care of her elderly and infirm dog and doing volunteer work. She continues to honor Tyler’s legacy of generosity by promoting random acts of kindness in his name.
The first Debi and Juli collaboration is an International Overdose Awareness and Prevention event on August 31, 2019 at Temple Isaiah on West Pico Blvd. Event starts at 11:30am. . If you would like more information on hosting a similar event, please contact us on the contact page
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