Stories of Hope

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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William Noble

William Noble

Hello, my name is William Noble. I am a child of the one true King in heaven. My story begins on March 6,1984. I was born in Hazard. My father was an addict of a variety of drugs. I can't really remember much about my mother except her fighting with my...

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Tucker Smith

Tucker Smith

Prayer and a UNITE treatment voucher changed Tucker Smith’s life.Born in Louisville, Tucker moved to Breathitt County when he was five. His dad was hard-working but also an alcoholic, and his parents went through a couple of divorces. Tucker spent time...

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