July 2017, Learning For Life

SAVE LIV35 Gala Enjoys Community Support

 

SAVE LIV35 Gala

Enjoys Community Support

The SAVE LIV35 Foundation (pronounced save lives) held its first Gala on April 22 in Ponchatoula. It was a huge success in spreading awareness of the foundation’s six initiatives.  Founder Stacie Triche was especially grateful to the local community for helping to save lives by sharing her nephew’s story. Her 14-year-old nephew, Charlie, died from inhalant abuse after inhaling keyboard air duster, thinking it was as harmless as sucking helium from a balloon.

“My goal is to warn as many parents, administrators and children as possible of the dangers of inhalants so no other family has to suffer the horror my family has suffered in Charlie,” Triche said.

Founder Stacie Triche with the Tebow sisters

Sally-Ann Roberts, a co-anchor at Channel 4 in New Orleans and a guest speaker at the Gala, said, “I’m so thankful for the opportunity to have been involved with this foundation since its start over a year ago. They are truly saving lives through their six initiatives, through anti-drug and anti-bullying awareness, providing aid to sex-traffic victims, and teaching our youth to give back to their communities.”

Katie Tebow and Christy Tebow Allen (sisters of former football player Tim Tebow) spoke at the gala and are actively supporting the foundation through their FAITH CAR35, LOVE INSPIR35 and TRAFFICKING-ABUSE CRI35 Initiatives, which grant wishes for individuals with special needs and provide aid to single mothers and victims of sex-trafficking.

Katie and Christie Tebow

“I am grateful for the love and support the LOVE INSPIR35 Initiative provides to single mothers as I became a single mother two years ago,” said Katie Tebow.

Christy Tebow spoke on behalf of the TRAFFICKING-ABUSE CRI35 Initiative. “It has been a blessing to see these young girls and boys who are trapped as sex slaves brought into safety and to see mothers reunited with their families,” she said. The sisters thanked SAVE LIV35 Foundation for its support of the Tim Tebow Foundation through Night to Shine, which provides a prom-like experience each year for individuals with special needs.

Comedian Johnny Rock, Channel 4 News Anchor Sally-Ann Roberts and News With A Twist Reporter Jabari Thomas

Others in attendance include Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller, SLU Football Head Coach Ron Roberts, LSU 2012 MVP Placekicker Drew Alleman, News with A Twist Host Jabari Thomas, TV Talk Show Host Jeff Crouere, Comedian Johnny Rock, and countless other media members, politicians and community leaders.

To learn more about SAVE LIV35 Foundation, visit the website at SAVELIV35Foundation.org or follow the organization on social media at Facebook.com/saveliv35. You can also visit Instagram.com/saveliv35 or Twitter.com/saveliv35

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June 2016, Learning For Life

Author’s Life Mission Result of Family Tragedy

by Lisa Tramontana
Stacie Triche and her 14-year-old nephew Charlie Stroud, who died in March 2015.
Stacie Triche and her 14-year-old nephew Charlie Stroud, who died in March 2015.

Just a year ago, Stacie Triche of Hammond was promoting her first book, a young adult novel with an anti-bullying theme. Then her 14-year-old nephew died, and her world changed. Stacie’s literary work continues, but now, she has added activism to her resume, promoting awareness of the deadly practice that took her nephew’s life.

Charlie Stroud was a fun-loving boy, a good student and an accomplished athlete in Hancock, Miss. One day at school, a classmate took a can of keyboard air duster from a teacher’s desk and inhaled it. Called “huffing,” it’s a cheap thrill that has become fairly common among teenagers and young adults. The classmate told Charlie it was no more dangerous than sucking helium from a balloon.

A few weeks later, Charlie decided to try it at home while he was playing video games with his best friend. He huffed from an aerosol can of Dust Off  (a keyboard cleaner), and then stood up and said he felt sick. His friend offered to go and get help, but Charlie said he just needed to lie down. Ten minutes later, his friend checked on him, but Charlie was unresponsive. He asphyxiated and then suffered a heart attack, also known as “Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome.”

Huffing is the deliberate inhalation of fumes, vapors, or gases from common household products such as canned air, air fresheners, even whipped cream (with nozzles powered by a dose of nitrous oxide). According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it’s a dangerous practice that can become highly addictive, and sometimes kills first-time users.

Stacie, of course, was devastated. Charlie, whose mother had died when he was very young, was like a son to Stacie. The main characters in her book, “Concealed Names,” were named after Charlie and his sister.  Charlie loved “Concealed Names” and had told Stacie he believed it should be made into a movie. He said he couldn’t wait for her to release the second book in the four-part series.

Stacie shared her story with HLN personality Nancy Grace.
Stacie shared her story with HLN personality Nancy Grace.

After Charlie’s death, Stacie had a new mission. “I learned as much as I could about huffing,” she said. “I learned that 22.5 million Americans are abusing household products to get high, and 15 million of them are under the age of 18. Thousands of children die each year from inhalant abuse. I started going to schools and educating kids. I went on CNN and other news shows sharing my nephew’s story … anything to let people know about this dangerous practice.”

She revised her book as well, introducing a new character and a new storyline about huffing. Recalling Charlie’s idea that the book would make a good movie, Stacie pursued that dream as well. In a stroke of unbelievable good luck, she attracted the attention and interest of Lisa Arnold and Jarred Coates, who produced the recently released Christian film “God’s Not Dead.” They are seeking funding and once the financing is secured, there are plans to shoot the film in Hammond and Baton Rouge.

Educating schoolchildren on the dangers of huffing has become Stacie Triche’s mission.
Educating schoolchildren on the dangers of huffing has become Stacie Triche’s mission.

The film will have a strong anti-bullying message, and will promote awareness of inhalant abuse and Asperger’s Syndrome. Statistics show that more than 50 percent of children would never try an inhalant if they were warned of the dangers. “That means more than 7 million kids’ lives could be saved with the release of this movie,” Stacie said.

Her inspiration for “Concealed Names” came from a childhood visit to Cate Square Park in Hammond, a time capsule memory, and her own experiences of being bullied in elementary school. “At 12 years old, I transferred from a Christian school to a public school, and the kids made fun of me because I talked about Jesus and folded my hands to say grace at lunchtime,” Stacie said. “I have a memory of sitting down at a table in the cafeteria where there was a large group of students. After I sat down, one by one, they all got up and walked away.”

June_2016.HuffingHurtful yes, but Stacie has found a way to create something positive from those painful memories. She has already seen the fruits of her labor with her anti-bullying message, along with her anti-huffing education efforts. Several parents have contacted her to tell her she saved their child’s life. She is taking both messages now into schools, camps, churches, shelters and seminars. “There is no greater pain than a family having to bury their child, and I will do everything in my power to prevent this from happening to another family,” she said.

If you are interested in investing in the movie, you can contact Stacie via email at: ConcealedSeries@gmail.com.