Stories of Hope

Leanna Murphy

Leanna Murphy

My name is Leanna Murphy. I live in Danville, Kentucky, and am a Community Liaison for Addiction Recovery Care.My story of redemption began on July 8, 2017. Prior to that, my life had become unmanageable. My parents were divorced when I was 6 months old. I have four...

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Lisa Burton

Lisa Burton

It started young. At age 5, Lisa Burton was taken away from her mother, who was an addict and in trouble. Lisa felt different than everyone else. Alone. She kicked into survival mode. At 15, Lisa starting smoking pot and drinking. She felt like a victim and thought...

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Stuart Lemarr

Stuart Lemarr

My name is Stuart Lemarr, and I am a person in long-term recovery. That means I have not found it necessary to take a drink or a drug since June 4 of 2010. Let me start out by saying I have the disease of alcoholism.I lose all control of regulating my drug or alcohol...

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Makala Stambaugh

Makala Stambaugh

My name is Makala Stambaugh. I am a 16-year-old junior at Jenkins High School, where I am also a member of the Operation UNITE Club. Previously, I lived with my two brothers and parents who survived paycheck to paycheck. We struggled mainly because a large percentage...

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Christopher Ross

Christopher Ross

For as long as I can remember, I have had troubled relationships with my parents. Though I did not know it at the time, I was treated different than my sister because we did not share the same biological father. My punishments were more extreme and...

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Ashley McCarty

Ashley McCarty

Ashley McCarty was a 4.0 student in school and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. As a pharmaceutical sales representative, she was ranked by her employer as a top five sales representative out of 10,000...

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Forest Quillen

Forest Quillen

Screaming. Cussing. Cocaine use by both parents. Mom routinely passing out and burning holes in the couch with a lit cigarette. That was home for Forest Quillen and his two sisters until they went into foster care.Forest never wanted to become his parents....

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John Finley

John Finley

My name is John Ryan Finley, I’m 32 years old and I’m from Breckinridge County, Kentucky. I had a great childhood. I was raised by good, Christian parents who always made sure I attended church, Sunday school, Bible school, and every other church-related...

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Myra Moore Elam

Myra Moore Elam

My name is Myra Moore Elam. I am from Martin, Kentucky. I come from a wonderful family. My mom taught special education at Floyd County schools for 25 years. My dad owned a reclamation company that was really successful.I was loved. I was taught right from...

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