My son Jason suffered from addiction for several years before passing away at 32 years old on September 27, 2017 from an overdose. Jason’s addiction did not define him as a person. He was a loving son, brother, proud uncle and compassionate friend to all. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Jason loved sports, especially the Yankees and Dallas Cowboys. He was always there to listen to a friend in need even when he himself was struggling with addiction. Jason was determined to be in recovery from his addiction issues and went in and out of rehab several times. Jason’s addiction did not make him a failure. In fact, it made everyone who knew him prouder each time he tried. All who loved and cared for Jason tried their best to help him with his struggle. One of the last text messages he sent me as he entered the final detox was, “Thanks for not making this any harder than this has already been… and I’m talking about just supporting me and just being there. You always know what to say to make me feel better about any bad situation. I love you so much mom.” Jason will also be remembered as a kind, caring, and empathetic person. Jason had the best smile. Even though he lost his battle with addiction, we are proud of the legacy he leaves behind, as a kind, loving, compassionate person, which is what we all want when we leave this earth. Most of all Jason was my beautiful boy.