Parenting Series

“Some Days We Thrive; Others We Survive”

Hanley Foundation board member John Makris and his wife Michelle are marking a tragic one-year anniversary of losing their son Brice by encouraging parents of all ages to educate themselves on the signs of substance use disorders.

The Makris family lost their youngest son, Brice, in March 2020 to a Fentanyl overdose. At 23-years-old, Brice had recently graduated from Florida State University with a biology degree. An all-around good student, athlete, former camper and camp counselor, and “everyone’s best friend,” Brice was born and raised in Boca Raton and attended Spanish River High School. Michelle says their family is incredibly close, and when Brice began experiencing signs of depression in his senior year at FSU, he reached out to his parents often as he wrapped up his studies and planned to come home.

“We were so focused on his mental health and getting the help we thought he needed for his depression that we never realized he was in a life-or-death struggle with opioids,” said John Makris.  “When he did ask for our help for his addiction, he went through a local treatment program and was in a sober home after. Sadly, it just took one time of using drugs laced with Fentanyl for us to lose him just a year ago.”

Designed to offer an exceptional interactive opportunity for education and parenting tips, “Some Days We Thrive; Others We Survive” has been created specifically for parents, guardians, caregivers, grandparents, foster parents, educators and more.


Date: March 25, 2021
Speaker: Michele Borba

Dr. Michele Borba, Ed. D, author of Thrivers, will address the staggering increase in anxiety, stress and emptiness children experience from preschool to high school. She explains why the old markers of accomplishments (grades and test scores) are no longer a reliable predictor of success in the 21st century and offers 7 teachable traits that will safeguard our children for the future


Date: April 22, 2021
Speaker: Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey, author of The Addiction Inoculation, will speak to how parents and educators can prevent substance misuse in children through evidence-based strategies and practical tools adults need to understand to support and educate resilient, addiction-resistant children. She will recommend guidelines that are age-appropriate and actionable, from navigating a child’s risk for addiction to interpreting signs of early use. Click here to register.


Date: May 19, 2021
Speaker: Officer Jermaine Galloway (Tall Cop)

Tall Cop Says Stop with Officer Jermaine Galloway. Officer Galloway is an expert in various drug and alcohol trends and has specialized in underage drinking and drug enforcement. Officer Galloway’s many years of experience have taught him one thing above all else: “You can’t stop what you don’t know.” He will speak to the ever-evolving drug culture trends in our community. Click here to register.


Date: June 24, 2021
Speaker: Peter Dr. DeBenedittis (Dr. D)

Dr. DeBenedittis is the developer of the popular evidence-based prevention curriculum, the Alcohol Literacy Challenge (ALC). ALC is effective at reducing underage and binge drinking because it systematically challenges the beliefs individuals hold about the effects of alcohol. He explains the importance of media literacy and how media uses advertisements to sell the beliefs associated with their products and not necessarily the products themselves. Click here to register.