Teamsters pledge $1.4 million to heroin awareness nonprofit

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 ( ) 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,

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