Why the Purple Bandana?

Why the Purple Bandana?
December 18, 2017 Heather Starbuck

Why the Purple Bandana?

 

 

Most of the nation’s largest crisises have their own symbol that people recognize and use to show solidarity for the victims and their loved ones. Breast cancer has the pink ribbon, Product (RED) for HIV/AIDS, Live Strong for cancer and so many more iconic symbols of support.

Currently, there lacks a nationally recognized symbol for those struggling with opioid addiction and their recovery. The purple ribbon is, among other things, a symbol of overdose awareness. However, I want to have something more. A true symbol of solidarity for those on the road to opioid recovery, one of the hardest addictions to overcome. Something to show and represent to all those on this difficult path that we’ve got you, we are with you, we know this is difficult and we stand by you, without any judgement, only understanding of this challenge and the strength it takes to work day in and day out through recovery.

Finally, and closest to me, Matt always wore his purple bandana, the symbol is a reminder of Matt. Of this beautiful person who struggled every single day, a fight I could never even imagine. Someone who built a life from nothing, brought so much light into this world, a hole that will never be filled again. He represents how those struggling with opioid addiction are not just statistics, they are husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. And each of them has something beautiful to bring to this world and lives they can touch just as Matt touched so many, and changed so many lives.



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