The loss of a child could stop anyone in their tracks. But when Sue Kruczek lost her 20 year-old son to a heroin overdose, she took her pain and turned it into action. In an effort to save other children and families from going through what she had to endure, she has worked to have bills passed, gave speeches about her son’s story around Connecticut, organized a drug take-back day, and has worked with the Guilford D.A.Y. program. Her work has made significant progress in the fight against opioid abuse. “Nick has made a big difference. I’m still proud of him even though he’s not here,” she says.