Illinois drug treatment program gets big donation from Highland Park man who lost granddaughter to heroin overdose

July 19, 2012 (HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.)

Governor Pat Quinn called Goodman Thursday to thank him for his generosity and will meet with him later.

Cebrin Goodman's death from a drug overdose sparked a lifetime mission for her grandfather, Larry Goodman of Highland Park.

"This was the most vibrant, pretty, intelligent woman you could hope to meet," said Goodman.

Cebrin Goodman had just graduated from college. She was 22 years old when she died of a heroin overdose 10 years ago.

"I feel a little remiss now that I didn't do anything about that substantially, before she passed away and for a while after," said Larry Goodman.

Now, however, Larry Goodman is hard at work, and backing his mission with money. In Springfield this week, Goodman donated $1.1 million to the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association after learning the state slashed the group's funding.

"They have a good organization, and that's where it all starts," said Goodman.

This is Goodman's latest donation -- his money has helped several programs and people, and they have thanked him in person.

And, even after donating more than a million dollars and helping a dozen organizations, Larry Goodman is not finished yet. He says he hopes the programs he helps fund will not only benefit those in Illinois, but eventually, people across the country.

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