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"First Person – Mario on Youth Substance Abuse Prevention: ‘I Work Hard As Hell’"
"Mario, why did you start your own charity, The Mario Do Right Foundation?" "Why are you so passionate about helping kids stay away from illegal drug use?" "Why do you even care about the streets?" "You’ve sold millions of records and traveled the entire world performing; you’ve been in movies and on television shows; you’ve appeared on Dancing With The Stars, and you've been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey?" "You’ve got a hit record out on the streets right now featuring Nicki Minaj ('Somebody Else')." "You live in this beautiful home in Los Angeles and you’re always surrounded by beautiful women."
"EXCLUSIVE: Mario Uses Mother's Past Substance Abuse to Help Children Affected by Drugs"
In 2004, while his songs were resting atop the charts, few knew R&B singer Mario was going through a crisis when a drug overdose left his mother in a coma. Panicked, he rushed back home from a European tour to care for her. He'd dealt with her addiction since childhood, but when her overdose left his younger brother with no parental supervision, Mario was inspired into action. Three years later he created the Mario Do Right Foundation to help children affected by drug abuse.
He recently spoke with ESSENCE.com about learning to forgive his mother and his foundation's new partnership with The Partnership at DrugFree.org.
The Mario Do Right Foundation Joins The Medicine Abuse Project
We are excited to announce that The Mario Do Right Foundation has joined The Medicine Abuse Project as an official strategic partner. The Mario Do Right Foundation will work to help us educate the public about the epidemic of teen medicine abuse and what parents and other stakeholders can do to help solve the problem.
“We are educating parents so that they’ll be more cautious and knowledgeable of what’s going on, and so that they have the ability to protect their children from prescription drug abuse,” said Grammy nominated singer Mario Barrett, Founder of The Mario Do Right Foundation, of the collaboration.
R&B Star Mario Mentors Kids Impacted by Drugs
The Grammy-nominated singer tells The Fix about working with kids who grow up, as he did, with addiction in their homes.