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Matthew Crawford Memorial Scholarship Fund holds fundraiser this Saturday

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A woman who lost her son to a fentanyl overdose is continuing to raise funds for a scholarship in his honor.

The Matthew Crawford Memorial Scholarship Fund is raising money at an event this Saturday at the Belmar Pub and Grill in Binghamton.

Matthew Crawford died in March 2017 at age 27 after struggling with substance abuse disorder.

He was a graduate of Binghamton High School where he played lacrosse.

Following his death, his mother Ann and a school guidance counselor set up the scholarship for Binghamton students planning to pursue a career related to mental health counseling or addiction recovery services.

Ann says her son was a wonderful, loving, kind-hearted person.

"He didn't want to be on these drugs.  He talked about getting off of them.  He wanted to open up his own restaurant, have a family.  He wanted to live his life.  And he said, 'Mom, I just tried it once, that's it.'  That's what happened.  Try it once and you get hooked on it," said Crawford.

The fundraiser runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $10, 12 and under are free.

Admission includes food, soda, and water.

There will also be basket raffles, 50/50, a DJ and cash bar.

The Belmar is located at 95 Main Street in Binghamton.

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