I kept saying to my Mom, I know I’m here for a purpose, I just don’t know what it is yet.Mary Ciammetti,
On January 12, 2020, Mary Ciammetti, Founder and Executive Director of The CTC Foundation, shared the story behind her title with us.
Mary Ciammetti is the Founder of The CTC Wellness Foundation and Don’t Stall, Just Call, an alcohol poisoning education and prevention mission for students and families. In 2015, Mary experienced great tragedy—the death of her beloved youngest child, Christian, a 20-year-old thriving college student. He died from complications of alcohol poisoning due to binge drinking. Through grief, her purpose became clear: Don’t Stall, Just Call was created along with the nonprofit The CTC Wellness Foundation, a 501c(3) that focuses on alcohol education, anxiety reduction strategies and wellness opportunities for students to incorporate healthy lifestyle choices on campus and beyond. Under Mary’s vision, The CTC Wellness Foundation has established an annual scholarship for students at Temple University.
Mary has presented her powerful Don’t Stall, Just Call mission to over 15,000 people in the last 2½ years in hopes of saving lives. The goal of the DSJC team is to educate. Through an honest, thoughtful and powerful presentation, students and families learn the true dangers of our all-too accepted binge -drinking culture along with the potentially deadly symptoms of alcohol poisoning, thus preventing senseless deaths. The goal is that no other college student will ever be able to say “I didn’t know” what to do in the event of someone showing alcohol poisoning symptoms. The DSJC program defines binge drinking and explains alcohol poisoning symptoms, bystander intervention, refusal techniques and Medical Amnesty policies. Through notes, emails and texts from people who have witnessed our presentations, we have proof that our mission is working and saving lives. Now they will know…
Why is it so often that a tragedy leads one to find their purpose? Or perhaps it was their purpose all along but for some time they just didn’t know it yet? Either way, Mary’s loss of her youngest boy Christian has led her right to this very place in time, and she is accepting with open arms, and faith, that she’s where she’s meant to be.
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