Aimee Manzoni D’Arpino lost her son Emmett to substance use disorder in 2016. She vowed to not let her son’s death be in vain and has been actively working to help end the stigma of addiction and help other families find essential resources.
Aimee’s involvement with APF began just days after losing her son. Since then she has testified before Congress, spoken as a part of Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s (D-MA) town hall series, organized a National Day of Remembrance event and met with her lawmakers countless times. As a co-chair of APF’s Families Committee, she connects directly with families that have recently lost loved ones to addiction. Aimee also moderates the Facebook support group, Families Opening Up About Addiction - Sharing Without Stigma.
In Massachusetts, Aimee chairs Friends of Emmett, a ministry started by her church in response to the loss of her son. The group holds monthly healing services and potluck dinners for individuals and families impacted by addiction. Beginning in January 2018, Friends of Emmett will also incorporate a monthly children’s’ support group into their offerings. The group's aim is to help reduce the stigma associated with addiction and offer education opportunities within the community.