Mother raises funds to combat heroin addiction


A family is asking the community to join the fight against heroin addiction. Two years ago, Dori Wotus of Chicopee lost her son to a drug overdose. Now, she is doing what she can to help other families who are fighting the same battle.

Judging by the number of strikes on the screen and the number of pins down on lane 26, we can call Paul and Justin bowling experts.

But just a few steps away you'll meet the Green Team and Team "Still Sleeping".

"Just having fun. None of us know how to bowl so it's kind of funny," said Paula Sullivan,

It doesn't really matter how many pins are hit with the bowling ball. The real reason everyone showed up is to knock down heroin addiction.

It's the second annual event hosted at AMF Chicopee Lanes, organized by Dori Wotus who lost her son, Erik McCourt, way too soon.

"He was 23 years old," said Doris Wotus. "I knew that he had been suffering from it for about 5 years at that time. It was opiates. Then, it went to heroine."

His death was devastating to his family who tried everything to help him. So, now their purpose is to raise awareness on the heroin addiction epidemic that has spread throughout the state.

"They announced in January the deaths of 114 people in Massachusetts alone. I think it's really important we raise money for the rehabs."

Each dollar raised from this event, with up to 200 bowlers in attendance, will do just that. The funds will support the Hairston House, a recovery center in Northampton and also Teen Challenge.

Though not everyone can be saved, the hope is to make an impact in the lives of a few.

"Even if you're helping out one person, that's what it's about. A lot of people are struggling out there," said Mike Koske.

Last year, the event raised almost $7500.

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