One of the biggest fears of parents would be to see their children take the wrong path in the form of drugs. Addiction to drugs can lead to problems- health risks, social problems, broken families, and so many others. It is indeed an unfortunate fate when you lose your child to addiction. Worse is when it leads to death.

Below is an article about local dads who had struggle with drug addiction. They encountered the problem in different forms. But in spite of all these, they still hope to end the problem in order to save more lives- those of sons and daughters.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Bill Lenardson lost his son to drug addiction in 2009.

Tom Thompson watched his daughter almost lose her battle on a hospital bed seven years ago.

The two dads may have different stories, but their passion to help fight drug addiction comes from a similar place.

“No matter how bad it is, there are a lot of other people that have gone through the same thing,” Lenardson said.

His son Chris started using drugs at the age of 12. He was an only child and lived in a loving and supportive home.

“He was a gifted, gifted athlete,” Lenardson said.

But throughout all of his teen years, Chris didn’t know a life without drugs.

“What he struggled with, he was just trying to find a sense of normalcy and drugs and alcohol were the way to do that.”

When Chris lost his battle with addiction at the age of 24, it didn’t take long for Lenardson to help raise awareness.

Thompson says although his daughter is sober and still alive to share her story, everyday still feels like a miracle.

“Yes, it is.”

Both dads are now on a mission to help educate the public on drug addiction and mental health.

That’s why they’ll be part of a panel Tuesday, March 20 to share their stories.

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