Message to Jason Vondersmith of The Portland Tribune

Hi Jason, I lost my sister Laura on June 13, 1999 to alcoholism. Our mission at is to keep her memory alive with addiction prevention and recovery resources. 1088 champions currently celebrate 20,039 clean & sober years at I hope that you will peruse our website and consider their achievement and my motivation to honor Laura as a Portland Tribune feature story idea. Todd Murphy wrote a 2005 front page Tribune story which motivated me to launch our website on May 1, 2006. Much progress has transpired since and I remain grateful.

Sincerely, Brad Mersereau,

p.s. Our highest Maslow priority is addiction prevention. 340 proactive teens honor mind, body and spirit without drugs or alcohol before 21 at thus significantly reducing the possibility of later addiction. I am a composer and pianist, so we offer opportunities to hear music on multiple webpages.