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Community members gather to remember loved ones lost from overdose

Community members gathered at the Fulton County Courthouse Saturday evening to remember, mourn and celebrate loved ones lost to overdose.



Hosted by Recovery Cafe Fulton County, the event included live music, speeches that shared stories, and a reading of the names of loved ones who lost their battle with addiction.


Flameless LED tea lights illuminated lanterns with names that were lined up on the courthouse steps. Naloxone was also handed out, as an effort to help save lives and prevent future overdoses in the future.


Sharing the story of her sister, Cari Keeps was among those who spoke during the event. 


Keeps said prior to losing her sister in 2007, the stigma of addiction made her embarrassed about her sister's disease. She hopes gatherings like the one on Saturday, and organizations like Recovery Cafe Fulton County, help break the stigma, and allow others to show more compassion, ultimately save lives.