Sunny’s Story

Sunny's Story

 Purchase Sunny's Story

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.

View Handout

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.

Request More Program Info

Local anti-drug crusader Katz to appear on O’Reilly Factor
By LESLIE LAKE
Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ginger Katz and Bill O’Reilly after her interview

NORWALK — Viewers of the Fox News Channel O’Reilly Factor will see a familiar face on Friday night May 3rd at 8pm and 11pm as local anti-drug crusader Ginger Katz will join Bill O’Reilly to address the topic of reducing sentencing guidelines for drug dealers.

“My appearance on the show was spurred on by a letter sent by some celebrities to President Obama and Bill’s reaction to the letter,” Katz said. “A producer from Bill’s show called me to speak about loosening laws regarding sentencing for drug dealers.”

Katz was invited to offer her input on the question posed by O’Reilly, “Drugs like cocaine and meth, heroin and other opiates kill people, lots of people. And the pushers who sell them are partially responsible for those deaths. And that is violence, is it not?”

The topic remains close to Katz’s heart. Katz founded The Courage to Speak Foundation in 1996, shortly after she and her husband Larry Katz lost their 20-year-old son Ian to a drug overdose. Since then, The Courage to Speak Foundation has been dedicated to fulfilling a promise Ginger made, promising to do everything in her power to prevent this tragedy from happening to another family.

“Bill calls it a crime when someone sells a drug to someone and they die.” Katz said. “It is a crime. I believe that an addict has to get treatment, but as far as drug dealers who sell heroin to kids, they are responsible for those deaths.”

Appearing in a seven minute segment on O’Reilly’s show with a mother from California who also lost a child to drugs, Katz researched and prepared to present her story to an audience of up to five million viewers.

“We’re in a life and death battle for our kids,” Katz said. “On the show I said that loosening drug sale laws will lead to more tragedy, more drug use, more overdose deaths, child abuse, and school dropouts.”

The letter that spurred the current debate was sent to President Obama and signed by 175 celebrities, athletes, and officials asking the President to evaluate what they called punitive drug laws.

The open letter read in part, “”Mr. President, it is evident that you have demonstrated a commitment to pursue alternatives to the enforcement-only “War on Drugs” approach and address the increased incarceration rates for non-violent crimes…. We encourage you to continue your efforts to revamp the policies of the last 30 years that have seen the prison population skyrocket.”

Known for his controversial soapboax-style Talking Points segments, O’Reilly wrote in a essay entitled Sympathy for the Devil, “In one of the most absurd things I’ve seen in a long time, a list of celebrities including Will Smith, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Kim Kardashian and Jim Carrey signed a letter to President Obama asking him to “address the increased incarceration rates for non-violent crimes.”

“You either love Bill O’Reilly or you don’t,” said Katz.

“The fact remains that we are in a life and death battle for our kids. I want to see drug dealers off the streets so that they won’t kill another person.”

Ian James Eaccarino

Ian James Eaccarino
Donation

Recent Tweets

Stay in the Know!

  • Subscribe now to our newsletter and get the latest news and updates about our youth substance abuse curriculum and programs in your inbox.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.