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Angela Kennecke Shares Her Story On National TV

If you didn't get to catch Angela's story on CBS This Morning, you'll get another chance Friday!

Angela is traveling to New York City to talk with the hosts of the national morning show about her loss, and new mission in life.

She has been so thankful for all the support KELOLAND has shown, and now she's taking this mission to help other families of addiction to the rest of the country.

"You know, as a reporter, I really wish I was going to CBS in New York to talk about a story I'd broken here in South Dakota, like the misuse of grant funds or something like that. Instead I have to talk about my daughter's death. Which is really tough and really personal, but I do think it's really important.," Angela said. "I said that all along, how important I think it is. And by taking this to a national platform, hopefully I can reach some more people."

Already Angela has been reaching people.

The outpouring of support we've received here at KELOLAND News, and Angela personally has experienced has been astounding.

Family members of addicts, and even people with addiction themselves, have been reaching out to share their appreciation and admiration for Angela's story.

For Angela, it's not a courageous act.

"I wouldn't call it brave. I guess I just have the training in place to speak publicly. To go on the air, and so I feel it's a necessary thing," Angela said. 

The goal for Angela and her family is to raise money for those struggling with addiction and their loved ones.

One family Angela spoke to says they had a $10,000 for insurance copay with addiction treatment.

Through her endowment fund, Emily's Hope, Angela hopes to help people tackle their struggles without the extra burden of bills.

"If we can raise some funds and I can get some people some real help, and another family doesn't have to go through what I've gone through, then my daughter's death won't be meaningless," Angela said.

The fund Angela has set up, Emily's Hope, is through the Avera McKennan Foundation. The money raised will be used for patients who receive treatment at the Avera Addiction Care Center, which just broke ground in March.

Thanks to Emily's Hope people will get financial help with treatment, travel costs, or other unexpected expenses that might get in the way of getting the help they need.


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