While Lyman is most famous for establishing Warped back in 1995 and successfully running it all the way through 2018, the country’s longest-running touring music festival is not why he’s here tonight. Sure, everyone has gathered to support him and be part of his post-Warped future because the festival means so much to so many people, but tonight the focus is on the launch of the FEND: Full Energy No Drugs anti-opioid initiative.
If you’ve been to Warped before, you’ll know that part of the festival experience is discovering the work of various nonprofits and philanthropic campaigns, such as Truth’s anti-tobacco movement. The presence of these groups is a result of Lyman’s dedication to making the world a better place, and now that the final year of Warped is upon us, he’s taking that mission on full-time with FEND. “Traveling the country the last few years,” Lyman starts with a sigh, “the stories always drift to opioids. I’ve always been the person [to] jump in and try [to help]…the FEND app is educational. It’s always about education to me. There’s just no education out there; we’re just starting to play catch-up now on the opioid epidemic and crisis.”
Read the full article by AltPress here