RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Radford University played host Wednesday night for an important presentation from current ESPN broadcaster and former Giles Spartan athlete Lauren Sisler. Sisler lost both of her parents to their concealed battle with prescription drug addiction within hours of one another when she was an 18-year-old student at Rutgers university. With September being national recovery month she went in depth about her tragedy and how she was able to overcome the resulting adversity, finding her own path to a successful life and career.

“Nights like this are so special because the journey that I have been on over so many years to get to this point to be able to stand on this stage to be able to talk to people to share my story and to have a voice, it is so important as it took me a very long time to get to this point in my life. To be able to stand here tonight in my hometown in the New River Valley with all of my people. All of my special people in attendance and some of the athletes from Radford and students. I am just really excited to be here and to share my story. I am going to talk about resilience and overcoming what we can do to share our stories and to use that in good work for a good purpose,” said Sisler.

Over the last few years, Lauren has shared her story through public speaking including producing a documentary on the abuse of prescription medication called beyond the sidelines.