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Tyler's Light will battle drug abuse from new local home

Nonprofit will celebrate home base's opening next week

By MICHAEL HAYES
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Pickerington-based Tyler's Light, a nonprofit organization that fights prescription and illegal-drug abuse across Ohio, has found a home base from which to further its mission.

The office at 1262 Hill Road N. in the Brookview Village Plaza provides a centralized location for meetings and storage, and will serve as a training site for satellite organizations.

The space currently is being used for weekly support-group meetings.

"This is for parents, spouses, siblings of someone involved with an addiction. They can share their journey, how they have coped, and surround themselves with supportive people who understand what they are going through," said Kristyn Wilson, media relations coordinator for Tyler's Light.

Wilson said the office also hosts weekly 12-step meetings for people in active recovery, coping with the effects of drug addiction.

"The third use is for bi-monthly board meetings," Wilson said. "Meeting space is tough to get in our community and this facility meets a great need."

To celebrate the new office, Tyler's Light will hold a grand opening next week for its stakeholders so they can see for themselves the progress the organization has made.

"We wanted to thank all of the people that have helped get us this far with a meet-and-greet in our new office," said Tyler's Light President Wayne Campbell.

He said the new office is an ideal location to showcase the Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award the organization took home in July for its "Speak Up, Save a Life" video series.

The Emmy was awarded in the "Information/Instruction Program" category by the Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which recognizes outstanding achievement in television and related media. It is Tyler's Light's first Emmy award.

The producer of the videos, Rick Green, accepted the award.

"In my career, I've been fortunate to be part of many Emmy award-winning projects, but none has affected me more on a personal level than 'Speak Up, Save a Life.' Everyone who supported this project and shared their heartbreaking stories of loss and triumph should be so proud of this achievement," said Green.

"This Emmy is for Tyler's parents, Wayne and Christy Campbell," he said.

The Campbells, with the aid of family and friends, created Tyler's Light nearly two years ago after their 23-year-old son, Tyler Campbell, died from an accidental opiate overdose July 22, 2011.

The Emmy award and the new office are just two more pieces of good news for an organization that has received a groundswell of grass-roots support in its relatively short existence.

"We are so proud of what Tyler's Light has accomplished in less than two years and we know none of it would have been possible without volunteer support," said Campbell.

"We are forever grateful to Rick Green who produced the videos and Bruce Daniels who financed the project. They are two outstanding individuals who are making a difference in other people's lives. I also want to thank Brainstorm Media, the individuals who bravely shared their stories on camera and everyone else who supported this important project," said Campbell.

Wilson said the long-range plans for Tyler's Light includes a stand-alone "brick and mortar" facility called Tyler's Lighthouse.

"This facility would consist of meeting rooms and a spacious place for youth for recreational purposes. This would not be a gymnasium/athletic facility but more of a community center," she said.

For more information on Tyler's Light, visit tylerslight.com.

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