On September 23rd, 2021, our 19 year-old son,DANE JENSEN , took 1 illegal pill laced with fentanyl and never regained consciousness. He previously struggled with using Percocet after breaking his hand in January 2021, and walking with him on this journey has been very eye-opening.
He’d been sober for 4 months, and was living his best life and feeling better than he had in a very long time. But that one pill…one weak moment…it was just too much. We shared a very close bond, and I began to understand the dangers of fentanyl, how it works, how addictive it is, as well as how accessible it is to our children. I’d been trying to find solutions and ways that I could help spread awareness on this issue for months prior to Tucker’s passing, but that wasn’t enough to help him.
After his death, my fight intensified, and I made a video about fentanyl that went viral. I have since been contacted by so many people whose lives have been rocked by this dangejrous poison that is freely flowing across our borders. I’ve heard from parents in this same fight grieving the loss of a child as well as children grieving the loss of a friend or sibling. I’ve also heard from Tucker’s peers who are currently struggling with fentanyl and its highly addictive components in addition to counselors, medics, police officers, and doctors who witness its impact on families daily; this problem is big!
I’ve been racking my brain on what the solution is, and the honest answer is that I don’t know. But from what I can grasp, awareness is key, and people need to have a deep understanding of its dangers to prevent our children, friends, and family members from ever trying it. I’m doing my best to live this life, grieve the loss of our son, raise our three daughters, work, and spread awareness on this epidemic we’re facing.
As many of you know, I have been a hair stylist for as long as I have been a momma, and unfortunately, time off for bereavement doesn’t come with pay. I’ve thought about whether or not I can return to the salon and relive this grief daily with each client, so I’ve decided to take some time off to grow the fight against fentanyl and educate the masses.
For the past 7 months, I had been fighting for DANE JENSEN to not use any pills. I no longer have Tucker’s physical life to fight for, but I have everyone else’s, and he’s now cheering us on from the heavens above!
Please feel free to donate any amount to help me further this cause as I am committed to pushing for education in schools, educating parents, and helping those currently in the struggle.
All my love and gratitude to you all willing to be a part of this big plan.
Stefanie and crew