Joy LaTorre, MS, RNP-C

- Joy LaTorre, MS RNP-C

A Note from the Founder

Love, the great paradox! It is our human nature to both give and receive it.  It is a strong emotion that seems so controversial. One word, yet two very different responses; great joy and unrelenting pain. As a Nurse Practitioner in the State of Rhode Island, having worked as an ER nurse for 10 years, I have seen these two definitions collide every time a family member was told their loved one had passed.

Accidental overdoses are at an all time high. Sadly, when someone hears the word “addict” they envision an uneducated, unkempt person lurking in dark alleys attempting to purchase illicit drugs. It is not! Addiction afflicts our mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives and some of our very closest friends.

Addiction is a real struggle! It has no preferences, crossing all races and taking the lives of both wealthy and poor. Age is NEVER a common denominator in its equation. We need to rally together and speak of its undeniable reality for ALL of its victims!

It is my desire to bring awareness by presenting the ‘BANNER of LOVE’ at an Annual event displaying the faces of each life lost, and allowing their lives, along with your love, to carry the message that “Their lives mattered!”

I believe this will not only allow your loved one to be remembered, but will also build a strong sense of community among loved ones that grieve, harbor false guilt, or in some way feel a sense of shame.

It’s time to Break the Stigma! Let the Banner tell a different story, YOUR story… they weren’t “just another addict”… they were and always will be someone you love!

I believe that everyone on this place called Earth possesses a gift that can and should be used to help others in their time of need. If we love more and judge less, our world will be a much better place.

My motto has been and always will be… “That is what love does!”