Just days after sharing her story with you, Angela Kennecke’s mission to spread awareness about addiction is now on the national stage. Last week, Angela took a whirlwind trip to New York City to talk about her daughter’s sudden death after an overdose of fentanyl-laced heroine.
Since appearing on CBS This Morning, the calls from national news outlets are pouring in.
Something unexpected is coming out of the darkest time in her life.
“I could never have imagined this, or expected this kind of reaction, or being asked to be on so many media outlets. So many news outlets. I’m just grateful that I can be on so many, because it is about the mission,” Angela said.
From CBS This Morning, to CNN, ABC and the NBC Nightly News, as well as online news sites around the world, Angela Kennecke has been featured on dozens of national outlets in just a few days.
But it’s not just the big name media who have been reaching out and touching Angela’s heart.
“The response has been overwhelming. I’ve heard from so many parents who have lost children either in almost the exact same way, or similar ways. I’ve heard from a lot of addicts. And then I’ve just heard from people telling me they’re sorry for my loss. I am so grateful for all of this response, and everybody has been so kind. The internet can be a mean place, but I would say the majority of people I have heard from has just been wanting to share their story with me and wanting to thank me for speaking out and trying to end the stigma,” said Angela.
Angela says she of all people knows how quickly the news cycle moves on, but she’s hoping by doing all of these interviews and speaking out while people will listen, the message will make a long lasting impact.
“I think it probably will be more localized within our community. The nation may forget that I was on TV, but I think our local community will continue to really talk about this issue, and it’s a problem here. And we need to address it. Hopefully this will do that, or help do that,” said Angela.
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