The Ellen 23 Foundation was created to honor the spirit and heart of Ellen Petty. Ellen’s brief life of 23 years was tragically taken from an accidental alcohol and drug overdose. Ellen loved Michael Jordan and wore his number at The Spartanburg Day School for the girls’ basketball team and when she couldn’t get # 23 in college at Converse she chose # 22.
The goal of Ellen 23 Foundation is to raise awareness of this large epidemic that crosses all races, economic status’, genders and finds its way into the smallest of towns to the large cities throughout our nation. We will raise awareness through education, sports and love; these things describe our daughter, step-daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, team mate, Ellen.
Money raised through this foundation will help get the word out to middle schools, high schools, colleges and families that in 2016 more deaths occurred in America from overdoses than from gun violence and this must stop!
Overall, overdose deaths rose 11 percent last year, to 52,404. By comparison, the number of people who died from car crashes was 37,757, an increase of 12 percent. Gun deaths, including homicides and suicides, totaled 36,252, up 7 percent. (CBS News 12/9/2016)
Our hope is that The Ellen 23 Foundation will help save a young people’s lives one at a time.