JEFFERSONVILLE — Peggy Cundiff knew she had to do something. Something her son couldn’t do.
Her son, William “W.D.” Cundiff, had dreamed of holding a benefit for the Serenity House, a Clarksville-based counseling and support center for addicts of drug and alcohol. The 30-year-old disc jockey had himself struggled with addiction, and had spent more than one stint as a resident of Serenity House.
He wanted to give back to them, his mother said. But he never got his chance. In October, W.D. Cundiff was killed in a car accident.
“When he died, I guess the day after we buried him, I thought, ‘This is the time I need to get busy and work on a benefit for him,” she said.
The first of three benefits, Rock 4 Recovery, will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, at Kye’s and Kye’s II in Jeffersonville. Proceeds from the event, which will honor the memories of W.D. Cundiff and nine other addicts who have died in the past year, will go to Serenity House.
“W.D. was a very giving person with a kind heart, always wanting to help his fellow strugglers,” Cundiff said. “He wanted to help everyone just kick it. We are hoping to carry out Will’s dream in giving back and raising awareness with Rock 4 Recovery.”
As she worked to get the benefit together, Cundiff found kindred spirits in the Denney family. The two families’ paths crossed when Cundiff visited PIP Printing and Marketing Services in Jeffersonville, which the Denneys own, to have some programs made for Rock 4 Recovery.
Alicia Denney-Kane can remember childhood trips to Hilton Head Island with her family. In a more innocent time, she and her brother, B.J. Denney, would walk along the beach, and Denney-Kane would watch as her brother picked up starfish from the sand and tossed them back into the ocean.