Daniel J. Adamczyk Foundation would like to present the Addiction Referral Network (Buffalo MATTERS) with a check for $1,000.
The Daniel J. Adamczyk Foundation began as a program where they donate tote bags filled with toiletries to area rehabilitation facilities, treating patients who are battling alcohol and drug addiction. Local organizations Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Kids Escaping Drugs, Horizon Health and the Margaret A. Stutzman Addiction Treatment Center were the first facilities to benefit from these bags.
Christine Adamczyk, a Cheektowaga Council member, tragically lost her son Danny to an overdose in 2017 and started the foundation shortly after. She said the pain of watching Danny battle his addiction was her motivation to start the foundation and wanted to help others that were experiencing the same struggles that her son Danny was going through. Often times people are going through this battle alone and Christine wanted to help in this small way.
Danny’s Bags are filled with necessities that are often overlooked when a person enters a rehabilitation facility. Included in the bag is shampoo and conditioner, a pair of socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, a hat, soap, a stress ball, a water bottle, feminine products for females and a granola bar. Enclosed is a picture of Danny with a note of encouragement, hoping that the bag will help them during the time they are detoxing in rehab.
The Foundation has donated over 400 bags and they will continue to be replenished when the supplies are low. This project is made possible through funds raised during a fundraiser last spring. Christine says the goal of the foundation is to be able to help people that are in need and are trying to get over their addictions. If they can help one person who is battling addiction, that will be one less person struggling during their time of need.
Regional hospital systems through the Medication Assisted Treatment and Emergency Referrals (MATTERS) network are partnering with community-based substance use treatment programs to reduce inappropriate controlled substance prescribing, increase access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) and provide rapid access to substance use treatment programs.
The partnership between Buffalo Maters and the Daniel J. Adamczyk Foundation will continue to help and care for those who are currently battling addiction and provide a support to the families who are looking out for their loved ones.