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Rebecca Barnell

CEO / Founder of Colton's Journey to Liberation

Mental health issues such as addiction or suicide affect not only those in the communities around you, but it affects those within your own family, your own community and your own business.

Addiction is the fight of not only the individual, but of their co-workers, their family, their friends. Recovery can be one ridden with pain, denial and shame. We are looking for partners, for leaders in our community to help extinguish the stigmas associated with these mental health issues.

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Rebecca Barnell



Addiction is a very serious disease affecting approximately 10 million Americans according to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health.​

Colton’s Journey to Liberation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization created to inspire awareness and to change the stigmas associated with addiction and substance abuse. Our goal is to erase the blame, the pain and the shame that typically accompanies those individuals & families fighting addiction; by connecting them with groups, communities and resources dedicated to helping and eliminating the barriers to recovery.

Our cause was created due to a story that affected the hearts and lives of people close to our Western New York community. My son Colton Lasker was only 23-years old when he passed away from complications relating to his drug addiction. Along with my daughter’s Stephanie and Shayna, we started Colton’s Journey to Liberation to shine light on the journey(s) that individuals, families, and friends endure from addiction-related hardships.

Through our generous corporate sponsors, our annual memorial benefit and  friends like you will enable us to create bright futures for those in our community battling everyday with their addiction, their shame and anguish. These Individual transformations can seem miraculous, as they not only change the lives of the individuals but strengthen our schools, our businesses and our communities.

Thank you in advance for helping us work toward changing the lives of our neighbors, our co-workers, our sons, our daughters, our friends...our community.

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