The Garret Bethke Foundation was created due to the tragic loss of Garret Bethke’s life. Garret lost his battle with addiction on October 28, 2014 from a heroin/mixed drug toxicity overdose. He was 28 years young. Garret had a ten year battle with his disease. Garret’s family knows all too well the struggle of a loved one in active addiction and the impact it has on every member of the family. Our son helped many a friend in his short life, so we, as a family, want to continue his legacy of kindness, empathy and compassion for all that are suffering. We believe that through education and awareness, we may start to break the stigma and shame of this devastating disease. Addiction is a disease, not a choice.