“Drugs are not the way to the light. They won’t lead to a fairy-tale life, they lead to suffering.”Layne Staley, 1995
THS, which provides treatment, education, and hope for addiction recovery, is proud to manage the Layne Staley Memorial Fund, treating heroin addicts and their families in the Seattle music community.
Musical Icon, Tragic Loss
Layne was the lead singer of the multi-platinum rock group, Alice In Chains, which was formed in Seattle in 1987. He was also a member of the supergroups Mad Season and Class of ’99. Throughout most of his career, Layne suffered from heroin addiction. He eventually died April 5th, 2002 due to early onset-old-age from excessive use of prescription and illegal drugs, primarily heroin.
Support from Fans
Shortly after Layne’s death, his parents Nancy McCallum and Phil Staley started receiving donations from fans all over the world. Nancy and Phil worked with THS to create Layne Staley Memorial Fund in 2002. Nancy says that she saw the memorial fund as a way of “partnering with Layne on the next step in his work. He was very honest with people about the effects of drug use, urging them not to follow in his footsteps. Those were the messages in his songs, endearing him to his fans.”
Nancy believes that treatment programs teach people how to solve problems and that problem-solvers are desperately needed. Nancy maintains that “Addicts in recovery are the light of the world.”
The Purpose of the Fund
The Fund is designed so that only the interest from donations is used for treatment. Your donation will always be at work. Because addiction is a “revolving-door disease,” Nancy and Phil want to make sure that there will always be money available to help musicians in need. Through THS, the fund provides hope, education, support and treatment funds for heroin recovery in the Seattle music community.
To donate to the Layne Staley Memorial Fund, please click HERE. Please make sure to select Layne Staley Memorial Fund in the Donation Designation drop-down menu on the website donation form.
Layne Staley Memorial Fund Posts
Friends and supporters of Layne Staley and his music have an awesome opportunity to pay tribute to him and his legacy at a slate of events scheduled this summer. Layne’s mother and others have come together to create three nights in three venues where fans and supporters can come experience a high-quality tribute. Read below for the details on where and when you can experience this Layne Staley tribute. Thursday, August 22nd Layne Staley Tribute, 2019 Acoustic Night Annual International more..