Shane Causie remembers his nephew Mike Perry as loving and giving person.
“He would give you the shirt off his back and not have to know you,” Causie said.
“He would give you the shirt off his back even if he didn’t like you.”
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But just one week ago, the 21-year-old’s life was cut short after dying of a heroin overdose.
Mike battled with addiction his hometown of Southaven in Desoto County.
“Addiction is a disease and it’s a huge epidemic right now in Memphis, in Mississippi, all throughout Tennessee and its getting worse,” Causie said.
According to the Desoto County Coroner, Desoto County tops Mississippi in heroin related overdoses with 23 heroin-related overdoses deaths in 2016 and 12 since the beginning of 2017.
Wings of Hope Desoto County is a nonprofit committed to spreading awareness about the disease.
Co-founders Carol LeMay and Kristina White-Wilmoth offer resources and support to families like Causie.
“We wanted a place for the families to go because addiction is a family disease you can’t have one without the other,” the founders said.
The organization plans to spread their message with a benefit concert and a memorial march.
The profits raised will help to buy Narcan kits for families impacted by the disease.
“Anything that we can do to help the addict or the family we’re a hundred percent willing to do,” White-Wilmoth said.
“And if it can save just one person then everything is worth it.”
Saturday Benefit Concert with special guest Danny Cosby:
When April 22, 2017
Where: Branch Assembly
3591 Bethel Rd. Olive Branch, MS
Time: 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday Addicts Life Memphis March:
When: April 23, 2017
Where: Court Square Park in Memphis (Maine Street and Court Ave.)
Time: 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.