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A Riverfest to Remember

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. β€” People came out to Kirby Park to remember loved ones who died battling substance abuse. Families at the walk shared their stories and ...

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- People came out to Kirby Park to remember loved ones who died battling substance abuse.

Families at the walk shared their stories and each wrote a personal note on a balloon that was released at the end of the walk.

Organizers say the goal of the walk is to raise awareness while honoring those who lost their lives to addiction.

β€œTo help with the stigma, there's still a very big stigma. So, coming out, creating these events and sharing their stories helps to bring awareness,” said Carol Coolbaugh of the NEPA Chapter of G.R.A.S.P. (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing).

Local community services also had information tables for anyone currently fighting addiction here in Luzerne County.