Brad Hearon was born in Liberal, Kansas and always dreamed of being part of his family’s farm operations. He loved to drive tractors and work on machinery. He never dreamed he would end up addicted to methamphetamines and burned on over 80% of his body. At the age of 19, Brad was manufacturing “meth” in his El Camino pickup when it exploded leaving him with only 1% chance of survival. After spending most of 2003 in the hospital and undergoing numerous surgeries, he has an amazing story of survival.
It is his story of survival that Brad will be bringing to Yancey and Mitchell County Schools on March 25 and 26. “My heart’s desire is to speak truth into the lives of young people who are making choices. If I can help direct young lives away from drugs and other disastrous life choices, then my life was saved for a reason!” says Brad about his upcoming presentation. Using his life as an example, he challenges his audiences to realize that every choice has a consequence. Choices not only affect the individual, but also families and peers. Brad has dedicated his life to serving others, to teach them the importance of making positive life choices that will help determine the success of their future.
Brad at end of high school
Brad Hearon currently lives in Denver, Colorado. The Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force and Graham Children’s Health Services is bringing him to our community thanks to funding from Project Lazarus.
Mitchell County Schools welcomes the public to join in his presentations on March 26th. He will be at Bowman Middle School at 8:00 AM, Harris Middle School at 10:00 AM and Mitchell High School at 1:30 PM. All visitors are asked to check in at the main office.
“This is a great opportunity for students to see the results of some of Brad’s choices and learn from them” said Jessica Farley, Toe River Health District Health Promotion Coordinator and Task Force member.
For more information, call Graham Children’s Health Services at 682-7899.