Mother Takes To Streets To Fight Drug Abuse


While law enforcement officials work to combat drug use in Marion with arrests and prosecutions, a mother is taking to the streets to fight the problem her own way.

Lori Kraviec is taking steps to turn tragedy into change in her community, after her daughter, Kimberly Hamm, died of a methadone overdose in 2005.

"She was a fun person. Always willing to help anybody, and she was just a good person," Kraviec said.

Then, her daughter changed.

The daughter, who always worried about her appearance, stopped taking care of herself.

Kim, who loved to make money and shop, stopped going to work and lost her job.

"She went from a person who cared to a person who didn't care," said Kraviec.

Kraviec said drug abuse changed her daughter and eventually claimed her life.

Her mother said she didn’t see the signs until it was too late.

She spent years mourning her daughter and watching family after family in her hometown lose children to drug overdoses.

That's when Kraviec said she decided to organize a walk in her daughter's memory -- Kim's Walk -- to raise money and awareness.

The third-annual walk will begin and end at the First Church of the Nazarene in Marion.

The proceeds will go to provide substance-abuse prevention programs to local elementary school students.

Crawford-Marion Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Director Jody Demo-Hodgins said a memory tree outside their Prospect Street office stands in honor of Kim and the thousands of others who lost their battle with substance abuse.

"She saw that this was a way for her to touch people in a very real way," Demo-Hodgins said.

Last year's walk raised $500 in memory of Kim, who is never far from her mother's mind.

"It's every day. But I always say that I never have a good day, but I have a lot of good moments," Kraviec said.

Saturday morning, she said, good moments will come with every step as she takes Kim's Walk.

More than 120 people are registered to participate tomorrow morning.

You can still register 30 minutes prior to the race.

It begins at 10:30 a.m. at First Church of the Nazarene on Church Street in Marion.

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