The Calling

Mike and Robin Straley were scheduled to have dinner with their daughter Leah on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at a Delray Beach restaurant. Instead, they held a memorial service for their daughter in Hagerstown, MD. Leah died of fentanyl poisoning on February 14, 2018 while visiting a friend in the small city on Florida’s southeast coast. When the call was received by Mike to meet two Pennsylvania State Troopers in the lobby at his workplace on that Valentine’s morning, he had no idea about the news he was about to receive. It was devastating. It left a large void in their small family. Not to mention the grief, despair and emptiness. So many questions about addiction, the opioid crisis and their daughter’s struggles with it all. Read about what Mike and Robin are doing to honor their daughter. How Leah’s actions helped others in the sober-home living environment and now how the two have meshed to form a community outreach effort.

The Calling is a heartfelt piece that takes you on an emotional journey of parents struggling to understand their daughter’s battle with addiction, the grief of losing a child and their valiant efforts to make a difference in the lives of others fighting the same addiction.


--Michael L. Straley