Kevin Dwire

LAYTON — When you hear Cindy Fernau's story about her son's accidental drug overdose, you want to cry right along with her.

In 2004, Kevin Dwire died at age 23 after smoking a cigarette laced with heroin and cocaine. That was the fateful end to his drug addiction, one that began when he was in sixth grade.

But Dwire's story has given his mom something to fight for.

"I don't want another mother to have to bury her child," she says.

So Fernau is planning to tell her son's story at an Anti-drug and Alcohol Rally scheduled for Aug. 29 at the Layton Amphitheater in Layton Commons Park, 457 Wasatch Drive. The rally, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., is a way for the community to come together with live music, heartbreaking stories and some prize giveaways to make a difference, Fernau says.

The Trinity Group, Layton DARE Team, Teen Challenge, Partnership for a Drug-free America, American Association of Suicidology, Ogden Rescue Mission, Davis Behavioral Health, Zero Fatalities and Christian Life Center have teamed up to produce the rally, but organizers are looking for more community partners.

Food and drinks, such as hot dogs, buns, condiments, water, cups and ice are still needed, Fernau said. And so are more prizes. They hope to give away computers, game systems, MP3 players, bikes, snowboards, ski/snowboard passes, miniature-golf passes, golf clubs or any other prizes that would attract local youth to attend and help put a stop to drug abuse.

"No child is immune to this," Fernau said. "(Kevin) was raised in a wonderful home. We taught him right. He had all the right training. It got ahold of him. What he thought he could control ended up controlling him."

After cigarettes in the sixth grade, Dwire was drinking beer in seventh grade and smoking marijuana in eighth grade.

"We were trying everything," Fernau said. "We tried counseling, therapy, medications, discipline, warnings. We tried love. We tried getting others to talk to him."

But in the end, it was a deadly mixture of cocaine and heroin that ended Dwire's addiction and his life.

So Fernau brings her story and her pain, which she plans to share at the rally.

"If I can help someone else through it, then yay," Fernau says. "Something good is going to come through it."

To donate, contact Fernau at 801-540-7350 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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