Jonathan Moules was a very loved 22 year old who lost his battle with the disease of addiction on January 7, 2014, a day that changed the lives of his family and friends forever. Our mission is to honor and celebrate his life by creating awareness, understanding and compassion surrounding the disease of addiction. The Steps4Hope Foundation is committed to supporting local and national organizations, such as the Adolescent Awareness Foundation, Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education, The Herren Project and Shatterproof, as we work together to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with the disease of addiction. We are dedicated to making a difference and bringing about change by empowering students and communities with access to quality educational programs, prevention strategies and resources. It is our sincere hope that no other family will have to endure the tragic loss of a loved one.
The Jonathan Moules Memorial Steps4hope Foundation is made possible by generous individual donations, as well as two additional fundraisers, LaxJAM7 and the Steps4hope 5k run/walk.
Jonathan was born in Pittsburgh, Pa, along with his twin brother, Michael, on July 30, 1991. It was a long awaited and joyous day. From the very beginning, Jonathan had a spirit that was full of life and rearing to go. Along with his brother, we moved around the country, finally putting down roots in Malvern Pa, a suburb of Philadelphia. It was there that Jonathan grew up a fun loving, athletic boy. He and Michael loved playing together, with friends, and enjoyed playing all kinds sports and activities, including, snowboarding, football, basketball, baseball and lacrosse. When the twins were 10 years old, we were finally blessed with another son, Matthew. Together, our family couldn’t have been happier.
As parents, we were always involved in school activities and sporting events. Dad was a volunteer coach and mom was always the team and homeroom mom. Over the years, the boys developed a wonderful, solid group of friends and they all spent countless hours at our home. We grew close to the boy’s friends and their families. We enjoyed taking part in the many activities and sporting events that occurred throughout middle and high school. In other words, we were a very normal, involved and loving family. Drug addiction could never happen to one of our children…….
We couldn’t have been more mistaken. Somewhere along the path from childhood to young adult, Jonathan’s life took a wrong turn, gradually and unnoticed for awhile. Through high school and into college, he not only had a number of surgeries that prescribed pain medications, but he experimented with drugs, too. It is hard to say where one ends and the other begins. All that matters is by his sophomore year of college, he was addicted to opiates. Eventually, the prescription pills got to be too expensive and he switched to using heroin, a typical progression of the disease. We had no idea what the disease of addiction meant but we knew we had a big problem. He tried medical management, rehabilitation, transitional living, counseling, AA meetings and found a wonderful sponsor. Jonathan was committed to getting his life back. He didn’t want to be addicted. He worked two jobs and planned to return to school next semester. Unfortunately, he had a disease that stole his ability to choose to stop using the drugs. As we learned, addiction is a psychological and physical dependence on a substance that is beyond voluntary control. Addiction creates actual physical changes in the nerve cells of the brain and therefore, no longer functions the same the way the normal brain functions. There are powerful cravings and severe physical distress without the substance.
The sad and tragic end to Jonathan’s story needs to serve as a lesson to each and every one of us to never assume this couldn’t happen to your child. He was not a bad kid with a moral failing. He was an amazing young man with all the potential in the world, but sadly suffered with a horrible disease. Please join us, along with the loving memory of Jonathan, as we battle this disease and create a better understanding of drug and alcohol addiction.
For more information about this foundation, please visit steps4hope.org.
Links & Resources
I Am the Face of Addiction from Natalie Costa on Vimeo.
Steps for Hope 5K Run/Walk
Join us on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 9:00 am for a crisp autumn morning run/walk dedicated to the awareness and prevention of Substance Use Disorders. This timed race, in loving memory of Jonathan Moules, will be held at Great Valley High School, Malvern, Pa. The course will begin in the Great Valley High School stadium, wind through adjacent residential roads and finish at the stadium. The Steps4Hope 5k is sure to be an enjoyable and meaningful experience for all participants. We invite you to be a part of this effort and run beside us with purpose in every step.
Proceeds from the Steps4Hope 5k will help us continue to support important and effective local and national programs. Since our inception in 2014, we have awarded over $60,000 in grants, donation, and scholarships to organizations such as, Be a part of the Conversation, Bridge to Recovery Foundation, Angels in Motion and Healthy Habitats Recovery Living Community, just to name a few. Please visit our website at www.steps4hope.org for more information about our nonprofit foundation.
Details of the Event:
Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 am; Race Start – 9:00 am
Location: Great Valley High School – 225 Phoenixville Pike, Malvern Pa. 19355
Cost: Pre-registration until 10/13 – $25; Race Day Registration – $30
Amenities: T-shirts are guaranteed with registration before 9/25
Event sponsorships are available. Please look for those opportunities on the 5K registration page.
- Pamela Moules
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The Jonathan Moules Memorial Steps4Hope Foundation
CHARITYSMITH Nonprofit Foundation
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The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of CHARITYSMITH Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.
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