Breaking Chains Foundation & ministry was set up by Salem, Massachusetts resident Pastor Dr. Joan Rathe in 2002. A professional teacher, Christian songwriter, Performer, and Mother inspired to create and integrate a more cohesive system servicing those in need of assistance and support under the guidelines of Breaking Chains Mission Statement.
Breaking Chains was born March 30, 2002 as a memorial to Joan's daughter Melanie Rachelle Thompson who was a homicide victim of a known drug dealer. Melanie was a young woman who suffered most of her life from Post Traumatic Syndrome, addictions, depression, abuse, rape, and in the end a Victim of a Drug dealer, which ended her young life.
In December 2004 Melanie's older sister Lauren Figueroa was added to this Memorial.
Lauren was an RN and had been working with street addicts. Contacting Hepatitis C she lost her life tragically in December of 2004.
Lauren contributed actively to Melanie's foundation offering her Nursing skills to those in need. Through the establishment of this new facility and promoting with success changes in the legal system for severe sentencing for drug dealers,Breaking Chains will perhaps prevent another fatality of a life, and another family unspeakable grief.
In my quest to reach out to others that have gone through the painful loss of a loved one, my eyes and heart have been opened to the importance of other causes. Two of these that have been strongly shared have been Domestic Violence and Bullying. Anyone interested in doing a banner or link exchange please do so or contact me. There are highlighted/banner links throughout this site for viewing.
My name is KoKo Kelly Ann, below is a picture of my dear Brother Michael MacDonald that I miss so much.
It’s been 10 years-120 months-521 weeks and 3652 days.
Your house is gone, clothes donated all your possessions gone just your picture remains along with my memories. Most days it’s not enough and a black hole will forever be in my heart. Sometimes I feel this has effected me in such a way I’ll be broken forever. Everyone once in a while I’ll run into someone or someone will speak your name but everyone moves on except I’m stuck with this pain that never goes away. Life just throws these things at us that we try and do our best to go on and figure it out day by day but no one could really ever understand how bad missing you really feels. Today like everyday I’ll think of you and remember something that makes me smile even though I want to crawl in a hole. I know I’ll get through it and this day will make me stronger for tomorrow. Your heart is around my neck and I’ll never take it off. 💔miss you always.
Remembering Anthony Pezzulo
On the anniversary of my brother I hate to say that the disease of addiction has taken my cousins daughter. How will she go on... I fucking hate this disease. Another young life in our family gone to this disease that knows no bounds, it doesn’t care she came from a good family, it’s doesn’t care how much money they had ... Heroin he is cunning and will steal your children in a split second. If your gut says something isn’t right then it’s NOT!!!