What would this world be without charities, fundraisers, non-profit organizations and philanthropy? It is hard to say just how much money these charitable acts give to society and make a change in people’s lives all around the world. Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates and Mother Teresa are just a few of well known people sharing their wealth; breast cancer, AIDS, poverty struck children and animal right sare popular issues that money goes to.
Something a bit different is in store for many people out there. DJ AM was and still is an admired American DJ and musician. AM died in the year of 2009 from a drug overdose. An organization to honor the 36 year old gifted musician, the DJ AM Memorial Foundation, is supporting a cause close to home, recovery for addiction.
The DJ AM Memorial Foundation is doing more than just writing a check, it is also taking interactive action. The foundation is making a generous donation to the Phoenix House Academy in L.A., a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for teens suffering from addiction.
With state of the art DJ equipment including but not limited to; computers and turntables, the foundation is hoping to give teens a chance to find a new infatuation with music. When trying to stay clean from drugs, new activities and hobbies need to be taken up to fill in all the time the individual spent using or trying to get drugs. Many of the time when a person is addicted, they not only lose material things and family but they lose a sense of who they are. People, many of the times, come into recovery thinking they are the lowest of the low and they have lost everything. Through working a program and gaining self esteem, most come to find they aren’t as bad as they thought they were. New talents and ambitions arise in them, and the foundation is helping these people to explore the possibility of interest in music.
The foundation wanted to DJ AM’s legacy to live on so they came up with an idea of helping others by somehow having music be the key element.
Being an individual knowing a lot about the addiction and recovery process, this is an opportunity of a life time for many. Some who come into recovery have lost everything and feel because of that they have no future. This foundation gives people a chance to confirm the talent they might have within themselves and to explore a whole new world that can be a positive change for them. It is good to see a foundation give a chance to a highly controversial cause, addiction. Not only with a check, but a more hands on experience this shows many the type of person DJ AM was, and so his legacy goes on.