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Rise Up Against Addiction with Me

Debbie Shaw Barnes

Debbie Shaw Barnes

Welcome to my fundraising page! My family is participating in the Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run in Boston on September 22, 2019 in memory of my cousin Matt Giaimo. Matt was (and still is) a larger than life part of our family whom we miss dearly. His personality and smile lit up every room, and you always knew when he arrived.

Matt spent a lot of his time counseling others battling addition, but sadly lost his own battle a little over a year ago. This walk is something that we can do to keep his memory alive while helping others.

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families. Every dollar we raise together will work to ensure that every American with a substance use disorder has access to treatment that’s based on proven research. The Shatterproof mission is very important to me—and I know, with the support of good people like you, I can make a big difference. May I count on your support? Whether you give $50, $25, or $10, any amount will help change lives. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Together, we are stronger than addiction. We Are Shatterproof!


One of my favorite pictures of Matt, doing what he loved and what he did best. Miss you!

Matt loooooved his neices and nephews!

Another Christmas celebration with the family (Matt is in the red hat in the back, circa 1993)

Matt and Bryan, 1989

Matt celebrating my Sweet Sixteen in 1988!

One of our annual Columbus family Christmas parties at the VFW in Pinehurst (Matt is in blue sweater with white collar in the front; circa mid-1980s)

So many wonderful childhood memories of all the cousins together at Nana C's house (Matt is smiling in the blue sweater; circa mid-1980s)

Matt and I at a family Christmas Party, 1982

Our large extended family spent so much time together, and not just for holidays. Every Sunday was spent at Nana C's! (Matt is in blue on the bottom left, circa 1979?)


raised of $500 goal

Recent Donations

1. Charlene McCarthy
Good luck to all of you as you walk tomorrow in memory of Matt!!
2. Ann Smethurst
3. Stephen Columbus
4. Michelle Fulton
5. Margie Gadbois
6. Roger and Deedee LaTulippe
Good luck with everything. A great cause.
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