With very heavy hearts, we share with you that our warrior, Vickie Glatfelter, gained her angel’s wings April 5, 2021. We do not have words adequate enough to express how we will miss her. She was our rock, our foundation.
Always the fighter, Vickie took the pain she was experiencing after the death of her son Bob and created Not One More – York Chapter, a vehicle to help others who were impacted by addiction.
Our lives were forever changed the day we were told our son had overdosed and would not survive. We then endured the agony of sitting through court hearings and trials listening to the one person who could have saved Bob’s life tell the tale of that fateful day. Because of all that we experienced and felt during our son’s struggles, I wanted to try to help others in my community who were suffering as we had. I founded the York Chapter of Not One More with Alyssa Rohrbaugh to provide help and support to others, to let them know they are not alone and there are people who truly care, and to fight the disease of addiction through education and awareness.”
In her own words:
“My son, Bob, suffered from addiction for many years. Like other parents in our situation, we lived the nightmare of relapses, rehabs, recovery houses and the day-to-day fear of getting that dreaded knock on the door or phone call. And like many others, I became addicted to my son’s addiction.
Vickie did so much for so many people. She changed so many lives for the better. We could not begin to try to list all of the ways in which she showed kindness and empathy to those struggling with addiction and their families and loved ones. We hope to gather all who loved her for a day of remembrance as soon as practical.
For now, know that we, the board of NOM – York, will carry on Vickie’s work. It will be our honor to walk in the path she created and bring peace and love to those whose lives have been devastated by the disease of addiction. Vickie brought us all together and kept us energized and passionate about finding ways to make life a little more bearable for the recovery community through small gestures and kind words. Her impact can be seen clearly by NOM’s ability to sustain significant support throughout COVID, when our major fundraisers were cancelled. The relationships she had nurtured — the bridges she built with both her compassion and her stubborn will — have kept the organization in a position to deliver the help for which we have become known.
We will share more information about ways to remember Vickie in the days to come. We ask that you hold her and her family — Bob, Kayla, Keylin and mother Esther — up in prayer to your higher power. We are comforted by the thought that Vickie is once again with her son.
Honor her in one very powerful but simple way: BE KIND.
We love you, Vickie.