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Fennstar Forever: Honoring Michael's Memory

Ashley Fennig

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! I am raising funds to honor my brother's memory and raise awareness for Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization committed to protecting our loved ones from addiction to prescription and illicit drugs and alcohol and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.

I am kicking off this fundraising campaign on Mike's birthday (3/29) and running it until the day of his passing (10/12). I hope to raise $2800 in honor of what would have been his 28th year! The end of this campaign will culminate with the Fennstar Forever team running / walking in Shatterproof's Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Run/Walk in DC on October 21st! This day is meaningful to us, as it is the same day we had Mike's celebration of life last year. Please join our team! Additionally, for every race I run this year - or every Tuesday MLF run, I will donate my mileage to this campaign. I encourage you all to do the same :)

Michael Ladd Fennig, or "MAF" to his friends, was a funny, sensitive, and caring person who loved life. He died at the young age of 27 of an opioid overdose. Mike battled addiction for seven years. His addiction stemmed from a dual diagnosis of ADHD and anxiety. He struggled with substance abuse of opioids and heroin during this time.He had highs and lows: periods of sobriety mixed with periods of use. He was a pillar of support for his friends of similar struggles. Some of his friends have admitted that they are alive today because of Mike's help. He felt a constant need to be "normal" and thought he could manage this struggle on his own. He lost his struggle at age 27 after a period of relapse. A memorial for Michael can be found at: shatterproof.org/memorial/michael-fennig

We miss him every minute of every day and continue to honor his legacy. We hope we are making you proud, Michael. We love you.

Shatterproof is changing the conversation about addiction. They are saving lives by helping pass laws that prevent more of our loved ones from becoming addicted to prescription opioids and supporting first responders who can rescue those who overdose. Your support helps expand their efforts to support prevention, treatment, rescue and recovery of addiction.

Please support my fundraiser by making a donation to Shatterproof today. Together, we are stronger than addiction. We Are Shatterproof!



raised of $2,800 goal

Recent Donations

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2. GCGeorge Crow
I only met Michael a few times at your Dad and Mom's home during the time that your dad and I worked together at McCarthy. However, I do recall that he was an exuberant young man filled with energy. I am sorry for your loss.
3. GFGary Fennig
July & August - In Memory of our dear son - Always in our hearts...we will always love and miss you. Mom and Pops :)
4. AAlly Diaz Cardamone
Keep running Ash ... As a mother and friend my heart breaks for everything you and Gary have been thru ! I pray that some day soon there will be a way to put an end to this horrible problem.
5. RR. Wilson
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