Our Mission

What was the motivation behind the Tyler Yount Foundation?

With nearly 40,000 death last year in the U.S. directly attributed to drug overdose and according to the CDC, 125,000 deaths in the last decade due to the overdose of legal painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin we at the Tyler Yount Foundation acknowledge the ever increasing and tragic condition that exists in our country and around the world today.

We want to raise the awareness level of overdose as well as reduce the stigma of drug related death. We want to give comfort and support to those left to mourn the death of a loved one, and use events such as International Drug Overdose Awareness Day to remember those who have died as a result of a drug overdose, encourage those who have been injured by drugs or fight addiction, prevent as many deaths as we can through education and programs such as Naloxone Kits, and spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

The Tyler Yount Foundation is a non-profit foundation began by Kathy Burkham; a grieving mother who lost her 23 year old son Tyler to an accidental overdose on June 14, 2009, in Decatur, Illinois. Kathy wanted an organization whose primary goal was to ease the suffering brought on by the scourge of drugs in and around her community. It is her passion to help the addicted and give love and support to those left behind by an overdose death; as well as help fund education and prevention. She is assisted by her husband Mike as well as many special friends who share in her tragic loss of a loved one, and many community officials and leaders in the Decatur and Macon County area.

Want to donate?

Tax deductible donations can be made by check, payable to the "Tyler Yount Foundation Ltd." and addressed to PO box 142 Mt. Zion IL 62549