Terry Bradshaw helps Granger family spread an important message about the opioid crisis
It's been almost 3 years since two Granger brothers, Jack and Nick Savage, died of an accidental opioid overdose after attending a party.
Their family created a foundation in their honor to promote awareness and prevention. On Thursday night that foundation held an event with a special guest to help them spread the word.
Four-time Super Bowl champion and hall of famer Terry Bradshaw was the speaker at the event.
But it was more than an appearance for the former NFL quarterback, but a connection through life's trials.
With the 525 Foundation, Becky Savage and her family have been using their tragedy to help spread awareness about the opioid crisis.
It was Becky's interview with Megyn Kelly on the Today Show that caught the attention of a new friend.
“I remember lying in bed reading emails and saw one from a gal named Tammy,” said Savage. “I remember her saying that she had been touched by the story of our boys and then she went into her heartbreak that she had experienced similar issue with the loss of her son.”
It turns out her new friend was married to former Pittsburg Steelers Quarterback Terry Bradshaw.
Becky and Tammy met for lunch and instantly created a bond.
“That's why I'm here,” said Bradshaw, “because of a tragedy in the family and a similarity with my wife’s son. And my wife and her bond with Becky.”
Bradshaw says he knows that opioids can effect anyone.
That's why he's helping the Savage family spread awareness.
“It’s becoming an epidemic worldwide. So we can definitely get the message out.”
Savage says the increased awareness has shown local health experts to be more aware about the drugs they prescribe.
She says there's a way the community can help put a stop to the crisis.
“Talk about the dangers of prescription drugs and the misuse and abuse. Clean out your cabinets if you have medication in there that's not being used. And also if you have medication you do need, to properly store it so it doesn't end up in the wrong hands.”
The 525 Foundation is partnering with some local groups to help spread the awareness through local schools.
Bradshaw says he and his wife plan to be actively involved with the foundation for years to come.