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Team Z

Welcome to our team Z fundraising page!

For those who knew Zafer, you knew he was an adventurer, a traveler and an explorer who sought out thrills whenever possible. He loved being at deuce in the full sun for the winning game of a tennis tournament. He loved dropping in on his skateboard from great heights. He liked to begin where the chair lift ended--carrying his skis higher up the mountain to find an untouched back country run. Many of his best selfies came from his beloved mountains of Colorado. In our family, Zafer was a connector, who famously stayed in touch. He paid more attention grooming his emails to Grandma than he did on his papers for school.

Zafer died from an accidental heroin overdose. Our pain, our anguish, our shock and devastating grief are a part of a profound public health crisis facing America today. Heroin use has more than doubled among young adults ages 18-25 in the past decade.
With early detection, behavioral changes, and advancing technology, deaths from other diseases are beginning to decline. Death from heroin and other opioids are on the rise.

We are participating in the Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run on October 20, 2018 for Zafer and the many lives lost to this epidemic. Every dollar we raise together will advance Shatterproof’s advocacy efforts, provide evidence-based resources for families, and help end the stigma of addiction.

We hope you’ll join us by walking/running on October 20th or by making whatever contribution you can.

“And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.”

- Maya Angelou

Thank you in advance for your generosity, and we hope to see you October 20th!


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Jess, I am cheering you and your family on from afar, and will be sending love and energy your way that day and always!! - Lauren
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