Grieving mother on crusade to fight drug addiction

Houma Today - March 29, 2018, was the worst day of Renee Dryden Bertinot’s life.

It was the day she lost her 31-year-old daughter, Sarah Beth Pellegrin, to a heroin overdose. Overcome with grief, Bertinot wanted to prevent her daughter’s tragedy from happening to another parent.

Joining with her friend, Michelle Eschete, the two created an organization aimed at eradicating the stigma associated with drug addiction. Just three months after Pellegrin’s death, S.A.R.A.H., or Seeking Action Raising Awareness and Hope, was formed.