Layne Staley Memorial Fund

“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.

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Remembering Layne

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.

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