Local mother and son plan bike ride to fight heroin
MONROE, Ohio (WKRC) - Brandy Turco is getting ready for the ride of her life.
While not avid cyclists, she and her son are planning a bike ride to the nation's capital to raise money to fight heroin.
Her son, T.J., is a recovering heroin addict, clean for 26 days. They want to help others.
"I'm at a good point right now," Brandy said. "No matter I'm going to go out there and make a change, even if I have to do something illegal like ride my bike on the highway all the way to Washington, D.C."
Brandy remembers her son as a child, all smiles. The last several years have been a nightmare. She said he's been in rehab several times and even overdosed three times in one week.
"My struggles consisted of me sleeping on railroad tracks, eating out of trashcans," T.J. said.
"I used to cry myself to sleep," said Brandy. "I waited for that phone call. It's consuming."
When Brandy and her son pull out of their subdivision and onto Ohio 63, they will have a long ride ahead of them - 540 miles to Washington, D.C.
Brandy and T.J. hope to arrive for the fed up rally in Washington on August 31. It will call on the Federal Government to step up the fight against the opioid epidemic.
Brandy and T.J. hope to raise $10,000 to help someone else fight the battle.
"I'm going to ride backwards the whole way there," T.J. said. "I'm going to be sitting on my handlebars."
"Are we going to make it? Yeah," said Brandy. "Will we make it before the rally? I'm not sure. But we will go all the way."
Hope is something Brandy and her son holds onto. They want to give others hope.
"I'll never give it up," Brandy said. "Never."
Brandy and T.J. will leave on their bike journey to Washington on August 26.
They have a website for their campaign, "Journey to Recovery."