Sunny's Story is transforming the lives of DC children

November 30, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
A suburban Connecticut mother lost her son to heroin. She will visit a DC elementary school to help prevent drugs from destroying those children and their parents' lives.

Ginger Katz will visit and discuss her anti-drug children's book Sunny's Story at Browne Gibbs Young Educational Campus on December 1, 2010.

Ms. Katz wrote Sunny's Story after a drug overdose killed her son Ian. Sunny's Story is told through the eyes of their family pet and helps children and parents around the world find the courage to speak out about drugs before it is too late.

See how what seems like a simple children's story carries a life saving adult message for parents and children of all ages.

Students in the 5th grade class read Sunny's Story after Ms. Katz donated books to the students last spring.

The students' teacher says Sunny's Story had a profound effect on her class.
"…most of my students have been seriously affected by drugs and alcohol. Your book provided a means to talk about it. … My students loved the book. After we finished a section I had to pry the books out of their hands so we could have a discussion without them trying to sneak and read ahead."

Ms. Katz will visit the school on December 1 to share Ian's story and deliver her message of hope and inspiration to lead a drug-free life.

Her story may help listeners and readers find their own courage to speak about drug and alcohol abuse.

To learn more about Sunny's Story, visit,
call 1-203-247-3975 or e-mail

About The Courage to Speak® Foundation:
The Courage To Speak® Foundation, Inc. exists to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free through fostering education and open communication about the dangers of alcohol and other drug use. Ginger Katz founded the nonprofit organization in 1996, just months after her 20 year old son Ian James Eaccarino died of an accidental drug overdose. She and her husband Larry pledged to do everything in their power to help prevent such a tragedy from happening to another family. The Courage To Speak Foundation develops drug prevention curriculum for elementary (based on Sunny's Story), middle and high school students as well as for parents through Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101. Ms. Katz has given nearly 1,000 presentations to over a million young people and the adults who care about them. Please visit