On behalf of the Heroin Epidemic Action League, Inc. (HEAL) I would like to extend our thanks to our hometown newspaper, The Citizen. Over the last two years The Citizen has demonstrated a deep understanding of how this drug epidemic has profoundly affected our community, our friends, our neighbors and our families. They have provided coverage of our events and helped keep prevention and awareness in the public discourse. They have covered our school presentations, our family services navigator, our parent support and bereavement group meetings, candlelight vigils, graveyard displays, 5K run and other events and services that we feel are important in our grassroots fight against heroin. Through the Lee foundation they have also provided financial support, for which we are very grateful.

So many individuals and organizations have lent a helping hand to HEAL that we are frequently indebted to the kindness and generosity of local businesses, foundations and every day people that have stood up to help us with money, volunteers and moral support. Our city government, our county Legislature, our state and federal representatives and our hospital have unswervingly been behind our efforts and continue to support us in so many ways. A great deal of progress has been made, but we have a long road ahead of us. HEAL is committed to fight the fight for as long as it takes. We are thankful that we live in such a caring and supportive community. It bolsters our spirits to know that we don't walk alone. Our deepest thanks and appreciation to all of you. Please visit our website www.healheroin.org. Thank you.

Lon A. Fricano

Springport

Fricano is president of the Heroin Epidemic Action League Inc.

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