Join hundreds who’ll form a big circle in Brewer in memory of Will Symonds and all those who have overdosed

The Bangor Area Recovery Network is planning for more than 300 people to gather this Friday in a circle in Brewer to show their support for ending the opioid epidemic. The candlelight vigil and Circle of Caring challenge is being organized in memory of Will Symonds, a former Bangor High School graduate who died recently of a heroin overdose.

As the BARN said, “We hope to encircle those fighting, in treatment for or in recovery from opioid use disorder and their families with care, support and kindness.”

The public is encouraged to attend.

Here are the details:

What: Candlelight vigil and Circle of Caring challenge honoring William Symonds and in support of all people impacted by opioid use disorder in our region

When: 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 3

Where: Doyle Field (located behind the Brewer Auditorium on Wilson Street in Brewer)

Who: Everyone is welcome who wants to show their collective unity and support for all of those impacted by opioid use disorders.

Why: Substance use has changed the landscape of our community. Opioid use is at an all-time high with deadly consequences.


Members of Wilcox Wellness and Fitness took time out of their Saturday morning boot camp class to make a plank #caringcircle.  Find out who else in our community is supporting the Circle of Caring Challenge by becoming part of the Circle of Caring Facebook group and making your own #caringcircle.

Circle of Caring challenge background:

The Circle of Caring Challenge initiative was launched on May 25, 2016 at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce’s Early Bird Breakfast by the Community Health Leadership Board.  (See this article here.) “The Circle of Caring focuses on raising public awareness by uniting those who are ready to take action against the opioid epidemic by educating all of us about what we can do for others and their families who might be fighting, seeking treatment or in recovery from opioid use disorder, and by generating financial support for education and immediate support for those in crisis.”

To learn how to take part in the Circle of Caring Challenge or to make a donation to support #CaringCircle, please visit

Donations to support the BARN can be made to