Apr 3, 2016 10:01 PM

25 take plunge at Seabrook Beach to help fight heroin addiction


SEABROOK - More and more families are dealing with the loss of a loved one to addition. In the midst of the heroin epidemic, people are coming together to remember two men who lost their battle and try to help others win theirs.

"If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't of had my oldest of my youngest," says a family friend about Chucky Rosa. Rosa and about 25 dove into freezing water at Seabrook Beach to support Chucky's Fight Saturday. The program helps teens to fight substance abuse.

“We do workshops at schools about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and help people get into treatment centers that can’t afford them,” said Rosa.

For the Rosa family, the fight is personal. They had six kids, but lost their sons Vincent and Dominic 10 years ago, just nine months apart to a fentanyl and heroin overdose.

"They were good kids ... they actually taught hockey to kids” said mother Mary Rosa.

The event is always held at the beach, a place the family spent a lot of time together. When the boys died, Chucky Rosa spread their ashes in the ocean. Now every day, no matter what the weather is, he takes a dip to feel closer to his sons.

“10 o’clock at night in the middle of a blizzard, I just came up to look at the ocean and there comes Chucky, coming right out of the water," said one friend.

“It’s my way of re-visiting them and I ask them to help me to stay clean and sober,” Chucky Rosa said.

Chucky's Fight has raised about $100,000 over the years. Chuck hopes to raise another thousand to help with addiction so other families don't suffer the same loss.

“They just got mixed up and caught up," said Mary Rosa. "It could have been anyone of our kids.”

To find out more about Chucky's Fight, visit www.chuckysfight.com.


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