Youth Addiction Philanthropist Steps Up Cause In Wake Of Loss
DELMAR, CA – February 15, 2013 – It was the day after Valentine’s Day when Stacie Mathewson received the call that she prayed would never happen.
For over a decade, Timothy Joshua Montoya, Stacie’s son had battled addiction to pain killer medication that almost claimed his life. It was through this and other personal family experiences dealing with addiction that compelled Stacie to start the Stacie Mathewson Foundation in 2011 to battle drug and alcohol addiction among youth along with the social stigmas associated with addiction that make recovery so challenging.
On this day, Stacie’s heart was crushed by the news that Josh had lost his battle to addiction after many enduring attempts. Not only did Stacie lose her son, but she would now help raise her four year old granddaughter that he left behind. “Every day I lived to help my son and we were like a team in this together,” said Mathewson. “He has been and will continue to be the inspiration behind the work I do.”
In the past two years, Stacie Mathewson has been at the forefront of helping to create successful recovery models for youth in safe college and high school environments. Funding a national capacity study on youth recovery programs as well as awarding seed grants to over one hundred early stage collegiate recovery programs across the country, Stacie has made an immediate impact on a large scale.
In July, Stacie will serve as Chair and Presenting Sponsor for the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS) national conference and will receive the distinguished honor as Humanitarian of the Year at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 15th Annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards dinner in September.
“Stacie has been at the forefront of promoting addiction awareness, recovery, prevention and education at the local, state and national level,” said General Arthur T. Dean, Chairman and CEO of CADCA. “Her efforts have gone hand-in-hand with CADCA’s mission to enable local coalitions to make America’s communities safe, healthy, and drug-free.”
While Josh will not be present in person to see his mother receive the award in September, there is no doubt that he would be proud of the work she continues to do in his commemoration and for the benefit of others.
The Stacie Mathewson Foundation creates and brings together innovative and sustainable scholastic recovery communities to increase recovery success for high school and college students struggling with addiction. We use the voices and real world experiences of college students in recovery to educate the public about addiction and recovery and to erase the social stigma that blocks students and their families from seeking help.