AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Teamsters from around the country have pledged at least $1.4 million to a new Akron nonprofit set up to raise awareness about heroin addiction.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/29e7ext ) the pledges came at the union’s international convention in Las Vegas following a talk by Travis Bornstein, who heads Teamsters Local 24 in Akron.
Bornstein spoke to thousands of convention-goers about the 2014 heroin death of his 23-year-old son, Tyler. Bornstein and two other families created Breaking Barriers — Hope Is Alive to honor the memory of Tyler and two others who died of heroin overdoses.
He says someone took the microphone to announce a donation and it eventually reached $1.4 million. He says the nonprofit had about $10,000 in the bank before his morning talk to the delegates.
Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com