LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The Ludlow CARES Coalition and Michael J. Dias Foundation held their annual candlelight vigil and “Walk to Remember” in Ludlow Sunday night.

A walk to remember those lost and those who struggle that prevention is possible. The community of Ludlow and other communities gathering for a candlelight vigil to raise awareness on addiction and substance abuse.

It’s both remembering those we have lost and also coming together to show those in recover that the community is with you,” said Ben Bovee of the Walk to Remember Vice President Ludlow Cares coalition. “We’re out here supporting you, we want to see people get sober, we want to see people get better.”

Lost, but not forgotten. Each of the luminaries placed with a name of a loved one. The Light of Hope walk is about remembering those who lost the battle to substance abuse and those who currently embark on the path to recovery.

“This problem is so prevalent in our communities as well as our state and honestly, our world right now,” said Jack Favata of Ludlow Cares, “And I think having events like these, where you remember people that have been lost will really bring awareness to other people.”

Bovee believes that through open dialogue, accessibility of resources, and education we won’t have to remember our loved ones because they will still be with us.”

“It’s gotta come to an end and we think awareness and making people feel comfortable and admitting that they have any uses,” he continued. “Admitting that they need some support and knowing where that support can come from, is just a huge first step to making some huge first strides.”

If you or a loved one is looking to learn more or receive assistance on locating substance abuse programs. Call the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline at 800-327-5050.