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New book takes a look at stories of people struggling with addiction

Athletes and others with Oklahoma ties are among those who share their stories in “What's YOUR fate?”, a new book that tells story of addiction in Oklahoma and the beginning of a nonprofit organization working to fight it.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: October 23, 2012

The nonprofit organization Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE) will release its first book this week in time for a special recognition dinner on Thursday.

The book, “What's YOUR fate?,” tells the story of addiction in Oklahoma and the beginnings of the FATE organization.

It includes stories from Reggie Whitten, founder of FATE; Kelly Dyer Fry, The Oklahoman's editor and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group; Jim Priest, executive director of FATE; and from many athletes, including former NFL star Roy Williams and John Underwood, Olympic coach and trainer and founder of the program Life of an Athlete.

“It's a quick read but contains terrifically important information as well as inspiring and motivational stories about people who have struggled with the disease of addiction,” Priest said in a news release.

“We're hoping this will be another avenue of communication and education with the community about the number one problem facing us: addiction.”

A novel addition to the book is its use of QR codes that will take readers, with the help of a smartphone or other device, to videos on the FATE website that relate to the story being told.

“Including the QR codes gives this book a multidimensional aspect that enlivens the stories,” Priest said.

One of those stories involves Dr. Lori Hansen Lane and her husband, Wes, former Oklahoma County district attorney. The couple talk about the addiction issue that landed them both on the front page of newspapers.

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