Sunny’s Story

Sunny's Story

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Sunny's Story, written by Ginger Katz is a drug prevention book for all ages. It is a compelling story for children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, teachers and more. Sunny’s Story tells of joyful times and sad times, and of how a dog’s best friend was needlessly lost to drug abuse.

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It is narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle. The story tells the ups and downs of life with his young master Ian, beginning with their meeting at an animal shelter, and ending with a futile effort to ward off disaster

Sunny's Story is read at many dinner tables across the country, in schools, libraries, as part of Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curricula for elementary, middle and high school students as well as a standalone book for children of all ages, parents, grandparents, teachers and professionals in the field of treatment and prevention.

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Courage To Speak’s Ginger Katz Speaks On Drug Dangers To Norwalk Students

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NORWALK, Conn. – Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of The Courage to Speak Foundation, will speak at two Norwalk schools on the dangers of drug use and about how to make healthy decisions.

Katz, who is also the author of “Sunny’s Story,” will present “From Marijuana to Opiates,” on May 19 at Briggs High School in Norwalk and “The Courage to Make Healthy Decisions,” on May 20 at Brookside Elementary in Norwalk. The talks are based on her book, which is about her son Ian’s struggles narrated from the perspective of the family beagle.

The presentations are open only to students and faculty.

The Courage to Speak Foundation is one of many organizations around the country that encourages people to make a difference in their communities and lives as part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s third annual National Prevention Week 2014.

National Prevention Week is a nationwide health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. NPW works to emphasize how prevention education can be woven into all aspects of our lives- including where and how we live, learn, work, and play — and that everyone has a role in creating a healthier nation.

Katz and her husband, Larry, founded The Courage to Speak Foundation after their son, Ian Eaccarino, died of a heroin overdose. Their foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Norwalk whose mission is “to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs,” in an effort to prevent other families from enduring the pain of losing a loved one to drug addiction.

For more information about The Courage to Speak Foundation or the school presentations, contact Virginia “Ginger” Katz at 203-831-9700, by email at or visit

For additional information regarding The National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration visit and for information on National Prevention Week 2014, visit

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