"Dana loved life. She loved being a friend to many people. She loved her family more than anything. They were the most important thing in her life."
(Above) Dana Hendrickson, Nancy's daughter
Nancy Dow of Traverse City is a victim of
the opioid crisis; her daughter, Dana Hendrickson, fought addiction to opioid painkillers and other prescriptions for several years before her death in April of 2017.
As an act of love for her daughter, and
to continue to share Dana's courage and voice,
Nancy works tirelessly to prevent other deaths,
and is working to spread awareness about the
deadly effects of addiction.
Dana was a dedicated friend, loving
daughter, and incredible auntie to her nieces and nephew. Dana believed in helping others and did so as often as possible. Dana was in recovery for many years and sponsored other women working to seek recovery. Because of Dana's efforts, several young women remain in recovery today.
Because her daughter was a former student
of East Middle School and Central High School,
Nancy agreed to take part in the Predator & Prey documentary and share Dana's story. Nancy has been active in spreading awareness in the community through various media interviews and campaigns.
Nancy continues to share Dana's light of
hope and love and advocates for those struggling with addiction across the community.