PITTSBURGH - The heroin crisis has claimed thousands of lives across the country and right here in Western Pennsylvania. Meet a woman who is working to inspire addicts on the road to sobriety, and making us Proud to be from Pittsburgh.
"Too many lives are being lost and recovery is possible,” says Danielle Fest, once an addict herself.
Fest wants to inspire others who are now sober.
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"I was looking for a shirt to buy for a friend that was celebrating years of clean in recovery,” Fest said. “And I didn't like anything I found out there."
That's how Fest's T-shirt line Wicked Life was born.
"I decided to kind of come up with my own sayings but I wanted them to be more positive,” she said.
The colorful shirts have sayings like “I live to be free" and "Rockin’ the sober life" -- all geared toward offering inspiration to recovering addicts.
"My main objective to selling the shirts, it's not just to make a profit for myself,” she said. “It's also to help fund some of these rehab centers."
Fest says the project is close to her heart because of her past addiction.
"I'm grateful to be here today because there are some incidents where I probably shouldn't be,” she said. “And there are people who should be here that are not here."
She plans to give a portion of the T-shirt sales to rehab centers, to help others get clean.
"If I can just save one person, it would make this whole project worthwhile,” she said.
Danielle and Wicked Life -- working to save lives, and making us Proud to be from Pittsburgh.
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