Cynthia is the proud mother of two children, Paul and Cathleen. Cathleen struggled with Substance Use Disorder for 7 years. Cynthia educated herself through various support groups, websites, social media and the court system as she helped her daughter to the journey of recovery. Cathleen, after having been sober for over two years, succumbed to substance use disorder after a valiant fight on April 23, 2015.
Following her daughter’s death, Cynthia got involved with Matthew’s Candle, a grief group for parents who have lost children due to SUD. Cynthia later joined the Facebook page MA-Team Sharing MA. After participating in several “If Only” events sponsored by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, Cynthia became a facilitator for Matthew’s Candle and the newly formed group “We are their Candles.”
Cynthia has participated in the Fed Up and Facing Addiction rallies for grieving parents in Washington DC, and the Opioid Summits in Lowell MA and Manchester NH. She became a member of the WSAPT “Weymouth Substance Abuse Prevention Team” in May of 2017, to educate and promote a drug free living. She also participated in the candle light town vigil for SUD.
Cynthia also serves four nights a month in the EBHope and PCOHope Outreach centers with a grief resource table. Cynthia resides in Hanson Massachusetts. She is the proud grandmother of three.