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Chris & Kathi Sullivan    

Kathi is a mother who lost her daughter in an alcohol related incident; Chris is a former New England Patriots defensive lineman who struggled with substance abuse

Chris Sullivan grew up in North Attleboro, MA. He was always involved in athletics In high school, he was the captain of the football, basketball & track teams. Chris attended Boston College, as it was only 50 minutes away from his hometown. Driven with an ability to succeed, he starting in 48 consecutive games at BC. He had a great work ethic and was able to graduate in 3 1/2 years and was working on acquiring his Masters degree. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1996 after graduating.

Chris played for the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a member of the New England Patriots, Chris played in two Super Bowls and has a Super Bowl XXXVI ring to prove it. But instead, Chris went from the Super Bowl to fighting for his life and future. He was battling anxiety and an addiction to drugs and alcohol that ended up taking over his life and was one of the main reasons he retired from the NFL.

Drawing from his personal battle in life, Chris has chose to share his story with others about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. His audience leaves having learned many life skills that will help them to make good choices surrounding alcohol, drugs & coping with anxiety. He also lets them know that it is the strong people, not the weak, that reach out and asks for help when they need it.

Shortly after becoming sober, he met his wife, Kathi through a mutual friend and married in 2011. Chris now reaches out to students and adults to help share how to battle the dangers of alcohol, drugs and anxiety.

Kathi Meyer is a single mom of three beautiful children. Kathi never thought that she would be a public speaker. She never thought that she would be so passionate about the subject of underage drinking or that she would become an advocate for the prevention of underage drinking and social host liablity. All that changed one cold October morning in 2008 when Kathi was told the horrible news that her seventeen year old daughter Taylor had been found, drowned in only two feet of swampy water because of underage drinking and poor choices.

Kathi describes her ability to start speaking at schools two months after Taylor passed, as a gift, because without it, there is no purpose for losing Taylor. Kathi, with Taylor’s Message, is able to help students and parents see how the importance of making good choices in everything in life leads to greatness. Her ability to reach her audiences’ hearts by having something in her talk “hit home” is the sole reason why she now proudly considers herself as that public speaker & passionate advocate for prevention.


Taylor's Message Video News Reel
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