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Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer Gives Presentation on Substance Abuse at JCC on Oct. 7

The second of three lectures in a series sponsored by the Student Activities Center at Jefferson Community College (JCC) will take place on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Overcoming substance abuse, a presentation by Joey Kramer, drummer and a founding member of the rock band Aerosmith, will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Robert R. and Jean S. Sturtz Theater on campus. The presentation is free of charge and open to the public.

Kramer will share his personal story about overcoming substance abuse. While Kramer’s career was reaching its peak, his personal life was hitting rock bottom. Growing up in a physically and emotionally abusive home, Kramer suffered from depression and anxiety, often turning to drugs and alcohol to dull the pain. In 1997, after the death of his father, Kramer suffered a nervous breakdown and realized he needed to seek professional help. His lecture, peppered with Aerosmith stories, reveals the true man behind the drums and emphasizes the act of seeking professional support as a sign of strength. Kramer’s autobiography, Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top, was published in 2009. A book signing will take place in the Sturtz Theater lobby immediately following Kramer’s lecture.

For more information about the presentation, call the JCC Student Activities Center at 315-786-2431.