Haverford Memorial Remembers Local Kids Lost to Opioid Addiction

Jon Orlens and Peggy Muir, director of the Haverford Alliance for Drug Awareness, unveil the statue. Image via Pete Bannan, Media News Group.

A memorial remembering those lost to opioid addiction was unveiled Dec. 23 in Haverford Township by the Havertown Alliance for Drug Awareness, writes Pete Bannon for Delco News Network.

The event was held at the Kelly Center on Eagle Road.

“We decided it was time to do something that would memorialize all of our lost loved ones. We partnered with our township and HADA raised money to commission the bronze statue that will be placed on Darby Road in the spring,” said Peggy Muir, the alliance’s director.

The planned location will be near the middle school.

“These kids are going to walk right by and think, ‘These are kids just like I am’ and maybe it will have an impression on them,” said Molly Maguire, who lost her daughter Kelly to addiction.

Jon Orens, whose son Daniel died in November 2016 after battling addiction for 11 years, said the statue commemorates children who grew up in this area. It sends the message to young families that no one’s child should be lost to drug addiction.

Also attending were Haverford Commissioners Mario Oliva and Conor Quinn, and Mill Church pastor Alex Kranjec

Read more about the memorial here.

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