Family members and friends took part in the Cody Wentz Memorial Walk and Festival in Weissport on Saturday. The event was coordinated by Cody's mom, Lisa Shiffert, to bring awareness to the growing drug problem in the Lehighton area.
The event raised approximately $3,000 and the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lehighton High School drug program in memory of her son, Cody Wentz, who died from an overdose of drugs on Nov. 29, 2010. He was 19 years old.
The event started with a walk along the canal in the morning and then progressed to the Weissport Park where the band, Rehab, performed for free. There was also a Chinese auction, bake sale, food and a raffle. A bounce was also available for children.
Shiffert said that she held the event to bring attention to the drug problem. She also sold bracelets, "High on Life. No chemicals necessary."
Shiffert said that family and friends continue mourning his death.
"I still can't believe that this happened to him," she said. "I thought he was getting his life together. He was a happy kid who love life and riding his bike. No one ever expected this to happen."
Shiffert said she wants to make the event an annual event because the problem with drugs is worst than anyone realizes in the area.
Shiffert has gone to Harrisburg with other parents who have lost a child through a drug overdose and with state Rep. Doyle Heffley to ask for accountability with prescription medication.
She never thought she'd have a problem with him. She said her other two children also had drug problems, but that they have gone to drug rehab and have gotten their lives straightened out.