MERCY HEALTH FOUNDATION RYAN FOUND HELP FOR HIS OPIOID ADDICTION, THANKS TO YOU Ryan Channell knows that sometimes you just need a little help from your friends. Last year, Ryan relapsed back into opioid use and ended up overdosing at work. When he woke up in the hospital, he decided it was time for a change. Having been through rehab before, he knew something had to be different this time. That’s where Justin Larson and the Mercy Health Peer Recovery Support Program came in. Ryan and Justin knew each other from one of Ryan’s previous attempts at recovery, and seeing a familiar face working for the program was just what he needed. “This experience was very hands-on,” Ryan said. “Justin was really there for me — he helped me get to my appointments and kept me on track. Having someone who has been through this made a big difference. I’m super-grateful I ran into him in this program and I think it was just meant to be.” The region’s program started at Mercy Health — St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, but generous donors like you have allowed it to expand into surrounding counties where it is making a positive impact on the community. “I know I have to do this for me,” Ryan said. “But this time I see that I have family who love me, and I want to be around to have a good life with my wife and see my kids grow up.” Love for his family motivates Ryan (front right) to get clean. He gets support from his wife, Samantha (front left), and his friend, Justin (back) — also a peer recovery leader. Luann Rossi’s mother-in-law was passionate about her service in the Mercy Health — St. Joseph Warren Hospital Auxiliary. She encouraged Luann to join the Auxiliary also, and Luann has been involved for 40 years. When the Auxiliary pledged $50,000 for the Cancer Center and raised money for a healing garden, they didn’t expect it to impact their family directly. But when Luann’s mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer, she turned to the Cancer Center for her treatments. Luann’s current passion is working at the gift shop. “People come in there, perhaps waiting for a loved one in surgery,” Luann said. “Sometimes they’ve just lost someone. We help them find something to remind them of that person. Working there makes me feel like I have added to someone’s life. I have been there for them.” Why I give: AUXILIARY SERVICE MEANS OTHERS GET THE HEALTH CARE THAT HAS HELPED OUR FAMILY OVER THE YEARS “My motivation is my love for my family, I want to stay clean, stay alive and grow with them. ”