In Memory Of

“Like time suspended, a wound unmended – you and I. We had no ending, said no good-bye. For all my life, I’ll wonder why.” ~Lang Leav

In 2018, we lost over 72,000 people to the opioid epidemic; people we love and care about. Those lost to this epidemic deserve a voice, deserve to be remembered. DCS would like to honor those who have been lost to this epidemic and continue to educate the public on the dangers of opioids.

This page is dedicate to all of those lost to the opioid epidemic and in memory of Derek Alexander Kardos who left us on January 8, 20187 to Substance Use Disorder.

Derek Alexander Kardos, 32, died unexpectedly on January 8, 2018 in Wyndmoor, PA. Derek grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and graduated from the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy in December 2003. Derek was the owner of Classic Tree Care and loved doing his job and always made sure that the customer was completely satisfied with his work. In his spare time he enjoyed riding dirt bikes. Derek never met a stranger because everyone that he met became a friend. He was kind, caring, fun loving, generous and he loved unconditionally. Derek struggled with addiction for over 15 years and never gave up trying to free himself from this awful disease. It brings his family comfort knowing that his soul is finally at peace and that his struggle is finally over. Derek was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Alexander Kardos, paternal grandparents, Vern and Dorothy Kardos, maternal grandparents, Rosemary Francis and William Horner and uncle, Kenneth Kardos. Derek is survived by his two boys, who he loved so much, Alexander James Kardos and Christian Lee Curley, his mother, Theresa Adkison, sisters Casey Stevens and Ashley Kardos, and the love of his life, Samantha Tramontina of Wyndmoor, PA along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Derek was cremated and this life was celebrated on Saturday, January 20, 2018

In Memory Of Those We Have Lost

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Derek’s Place wants to recognize all those we have loved and lost to the opioid epidemic and substance use disorder that is plaguing our nation. The human price we are paying for this epidemic touches all walks of life and leaves countless victims in its wake.  If you would like to memorialize a loved one you have lost to the opioid crisis or substance use disorder please email their full name along with a picture of your loved one to Theresa at to add your loved one to our Memorial Page.

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