4th Annual Eric G. Madden FAR VIRTUAL Golf Outing

kathleen Madden

6.17.20

Greetings Friends and Family,

It breaks my heart to see this photo of Eric – (See attached flyer for the 4th Annual VIRTUAL EGM FAR Golf Outing.), so young and vital, with his dad and his uncles and to know that he can no longer golf with them or with any of us! Although it has incredibly, been over 4 years since we lost him, I believe that to get through our lives, and enjoy the many beautiful people, places and things that living presents, my family and I live in denial about 80% of the time.

We have strived to channel this unrelenting grief at his loss into a positive focus. We have chosen to work with FAR to combat the cunning disease of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) that took Eric from us far too soon! I say ‘cunning’ because that is what AUD is — and Eric, being the clever young man that he was, was able to hide his struggles with AUD for so long —- from his friends and even from his family. Once we realized the extent of what was happening with him and his AUD, it was devastatingly difficult to find him the help he needed. First, because we did not fully understand the profound changes in brain chemistry that occur with this disease. The heartrending struggles we now know he underwent with this disease, alternately manifested in him first consenting and accepting, and then stridently refusing and resenting any assistance.

Secondly, we witnessed firsthand, the stunning reality of what happens when someone like Eric, who always presented to others so well, seeks medical assistance, whether of his own impetus or our forcing him. He would leave a medical professional, often being offered what I might term as almost a frivolous treatment plan. It oftentimes amounted to nothing more than being provided materials on local AA meetings! Sadly, in my work with FAR, I have heard from countless other families who have lived similar narratives with their loved ones afflicted with AUD. So many stories that mirror the agony Eric experienced and the struggle we experienced in seeking treatment for him — too often the result is the excruciating frustration of desparately seeking help where few options exist.

With FAR, we are working to change all that. I am elated to tell you that in 3 years, we were able to raise over $100,000 dollars! This is all because of all of you! Thank you so much for your contributions that allowed the grants we awarded earlier this year to happen! We remain a small public charity, but I am very proud to inform you that we awarded grants to 2 major university bio-med research programs. While these grants were not the multi-million dollar grants you often read about universities receiving, these grants will enable research teams at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Vermont to gather and assemble data on patients with AUD that will be seminal in enabling them to apply for those large federal grants. More importantly, both these projects are translational research — both will directly inform improved intake and treatment protocols for healthcare professionals when a patient presents with AUD.

Although we cannot hold our annual EGM FAR Golf Outing this year, cancelled in an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inviting you to participate in the 4th ANNUAL VIRTUAL Eric G. Madden Foundation for Alcoholism Research Golf Outing during this timeframe: Thursday, June 25, 2020 through Monday, July 6, 2020. See attached flyer for more details.

Several of us are planning to golf at White Pines on the day we had originally scheduled the outing — Saturday, June 27, 2020. You may join us there or book tee times at your favorite course! Please post photos and video to social media #4thEGM-FARVirtualGolfOuting2020 and please consider in your generosity, making a donation to FAR in Eric’s memory! We have much more work to do to combat the dreadful disease of AUD. Will you continue to help us?

Hoping that you and your families are well, please take care!

Fondly,
Kathleen

>>Click here to read flyer.

AMERICA WAKES UP TO ITS ADDICTION CRISIS

Our Mission

To raise and distribute funds to perform research in the following areas: causes, identification, detection, prevention, treatment, and cure of/for Alcoholism. It is not to provide funds for rehabilitation, detoxification, counseling, or any personal aid to people with this disease.

FAR is a fully-qualified IRS 501(c) 3 public charity.

What is FAR – and Why?

FAR is concerned about the disease of alcoholism, not the beverage. FAR is the only public charity supporting research to find better solutions for those afflicted. The funding for such research has been small compared to other diseases, yet it is the 3rd most prevalent disease in the US.  Read more…

FAR Public Service Announcement

Join the Foundation for Alcoholism Research (FAR) on its mission to fund research into effective medical treatments for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), one of America’s most prevalent and most destructive diseases. FAR is an all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 public charity and 100% of your donation goes to research. The most recent 2 grants were awarded earlier this year to Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Vermont-Burlington to fund seminal research which will consist of collecting and organizing data to better understand and improve the causes, identification, diagnosis, and treatment of AUD. FAR is the only public charity solely addressing research for alcohol addiction. Be part of the solution – donate today!

Memorial Funds

Dove-peace

  • Bill Young
  • Mary Williamson
  • Kevin Baer
  • Joseph Deitch
  • Brett Hilgendorf
  • Paul Wittenburg
  • Michael Jones
  • Diane Clodfelter
  • Anonymous Mr. W.
  • Rita Kaye Byler
  • Mark Ferguson
  • Darick Sarley
  • Tammy Resko
  • Alexander AlbertoDuno
  • Michelle Lewis
  • Meg McKennon
  • Harry C. Moreland III
  • Walker Neuhaus
  • Marcy Lape
  • Nicolas Michael Marquez
  • Bob Morse
  • David Galli
  • Kenneth L. Hadsock
  • Jim Patterson
  • Anne Buckingham
  • Vannoy Thompson
  • Amy Grabina
  • Bryan Beaman
  • Diane Maye
  • Laura Jean Malay Murphy
  • Eric G. Madden
  • Walter Mercado
  • Edward Truan
  • Grant Zacher
  • Bruce Moran
  • Jason Meilike
  • Thomas Baran
  • Robert W. Doria
  • JoAnn (Bootsie) Jean Derer
  • Carter Roland Tague
  • Brian D. White
  • Gerard (Jerry) Saville
  • Jane McKillop Steingberg
  • Wes Holler

Research

High-Dose Baclofen Supports Abstinence in Alcoholism

From Athens Greece: High doses of baclofen (multiple brands), a drug normally used to treat spasticity, supports alcohol-dependent patients in maintaining abstinence from alcohol and is reasonably well tolerated, new research indicates. Read More

 

Huge New Penn Study: Red Wine Not So Good For Your Heart After All

Uh, guys? I think the entire health community might soon take back everything good it’s ever said about red wine and heart health: A huge new study out of Penn Medicine, published today on BMJ.com, found absolutely no cardiovascular benefits to drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol, including red wine. Read more

 

Chilean Researchers Working on Alcoholism Vaccine

Researchers in Chile say that if their venture is successful, a shot a month could help alcoholics kick their habit.

A team of researchers in Chile are working to come up with a vaccine against alcoholism. If successful, the patient will get a shot a month and not crave alcohol anymore. Read more

In the News

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Irrational?

BBC | March 23, 2015

(BBC) Alcoholics Anonymous is a standard part of alcohol therapy in America. It was established 80 years ago and it’s famous 12 step philosophy says that in order to be cured an alcoholic must never drink a single drop again… Read More

 

A Cure for Alcoholism?

The Doctors | 2015

(The Doctors) Todd’s binge drinking has cost him his job and his family. He agrees to try a new medical treatment for alcoholism, a time-released implant that claims to curb alcohol cravings. Find out if the implant has any effect on this father. Plus, what advice does former child star and recovering alcoholic, Jeremy Miller, have for Todd?… Read More

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