This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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Location: Colorado, United States

I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Second time around (Wyoming)

Star-Tribune staff writer
When company shows up at the Doll house, 12-year-old Williy runs to shut his bedroom door.

"Never look in my room," he calls, laughing, as his grandmother, Connie Doll, scoffs at the mess.

Williy props himself on a footstool, back against his grandmother, and describes the off-limits space.

"I have a glow-in-the-dark space comforter and space sheets," he says. "I really basically like space."

By most standards, Williy is an average pre-teen boy. He loves hopping on his bike or four-wheeler and exploring the open spaces near his home. He tells of daring adventures speeding on two wheels down hilly dirt roads, and he points to his thigh, where he carries a scar from breaking his femur in a four-wheeling accident. He dreams of someday going to space camp and later becoming an astronaut.

In some respects, though, Williy's life has been far from average.

He has never stayed in the same school for two consecutive years, and his grandmother worries that he's a bit of a loner.

He's been in foster care, the Youth Crisis Center and ongoing counseling.

And, for the past four years, he has lived with his grandparents in Casper.

In a trend that social workers attribute primarily to the methamphetamine epidemic across the state, Wyoming has the highest rate of kinship care placements in the country. Most of those placements are with grandparents.


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