More than 50 residents living at Spectrum Health Systems' Residential Rehabilitation Program in Westborough, Massachusetts, were present Saturday afternoon, December 26, 2009, to meet and thank a North Carolina family with local ties that provided over $4,000 in unsolicited monetary donations to the program this holiday season.

Rosemary and Brian Monahan of Raleigh, North Carolina, lost their 29-year-old son Andy to a substance abuse addiction in 2008. The Monahans traveled to Massachusetts this Christmas to visit not only family and friends that live there, but also the people who would benefit from the generosity spurred by Andy's memory.

Earlier in the holiday season, the Monahan family sent a letter to family and friends titled, "Andy's Stocking." It recalled the family's tradition of filling a stocking for each child with small yet meaningful gifts, and suggested that a gift of $29 might be appropriate, as that was Andy Monahan's age at his last Christmas. The response was wonderful, and "Andy's Stocking" has collected $4,091 to date.

"The tragedy of our son Andy's death spawned this outpouring of giving and is a tribute to his warm and generous spirit as a friend to the friendless," said Mr. Monahan.

"Our clients greatly appreciate the generosity of all those who gave," said Spectrum Residential Rehabilitation Program Director Peg Pierce. "But what they found most meaningful was that such a large group of people showed this kindness, and that Mr. and Mrs. Monahan came in person to visit them," she added.

Spectrum's Westborough Treatment Campus serves as the flagship of Spectrum Health Systems. It is the largest substance abuse treatment facility in New England, providing inpatient detoxification, transitional support services and residential rehabilitation. The Residential Rehabilitation Program engages clients in a structured weekly schedule consisting of recovery groups, individual counseling, recreational activities and relapse prevention planning.

CONTACT: 
Cindy Buraczynski, Director of Planning 
(508) 792-5400 x7115 
cindy.buraczynski@spectrumsys.org