Local musician turns Tamaqua family's struggle into symphony
TAMAQUA, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WOLF) -- This song by Jacob Kulick is composed with lyrics from a young woman named Alex Sienkiewicz. She wrote the poem that turned into this song after getting out of rehab, to express her struggle with heroin addiction. Two and a half months after she wrote the poem, Alex relapsed and overdosed.
“A lot of people do it and not a lot of people are talking about it, and I wanted to get the awareness of that out more in the community, and so did her family," says Kulick.
Jacob and the Sienkiewicz family are from Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, where addiction runs rampant, along with the shame around it. Following Alex’s death last year, her family reached out Jacob to help tell her story through song and a documentary.
“She goes, 'I want you to read this. I wrote this for you and dad so you can maybe understand a little bit what a heroin addict goes through 'cause until you've lived it, you have no idea how bad this demon is,'" Alex's mother Tammy shares.
It’s been less than a year since Alex’s passing, and her parents are constantly active, striving to educate the community and end the stigma around those battling drug addiction.
“We weren’t ashamed of our daughter, never was, never will be. The drug didn’t define Alex. Alex was a gymnast. Alex was a great friend," Tammy says.
Kulick hopes that through his music, Alex’s story will help empower those fighting addiction to reach out for help and share their struggles.
“Music is something that’s timeless and kind of lives on forever, and I kind of wanted to let their daughter live on as long as she possibly could - through song," Kulick shares.
Tammy says that from Park Avenue to a park bench, this drug can affect anyone. She hopes to continue educating the community and removing the stigma from those who suffer from addiction.
If you'd like to listen to the full song or watch the entire documentary, you can visit Jacob Kulick's website at http://kulickofficial.com/alex/.