Branford mother trying to make sure nobody feels her pain


Losing a child to addiction is gut wrenching, and is happening all too often in this state and in the country.

Amy Johansson’s son, Eric died that way at the age of 24. Her family was devastated.

This Branford mother is on a journey now to help save lives so that others don’t know her pain.

Johansson has formed a non-profit called “Smile Anyway,” which seeks to help those in recovery and those who have lost a child.

“There is a huge problem, so we need to educate, raise awareness. I’d like to be taking the charge of the region two in our state to create a recovery friendly community. I want to save lives. The last thing I want is another family to suffer what we have gone through. I don’t wish that on anyone. If I can save one life, one family and make a difference then that’s priceless.”

You can find out more about “Smile Anyway,” by clicking here.  

Also Saturday, December 15th at the Guilford Mooring, there will be a fundraiser for the organization and celebration of loved ones lost. There will be music and food and all are welcome.

Come out and meet Johansson…her strength shines through.

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