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One East Tennessee organization is moving forward in light of the loss of one of its creators.
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(WBIR) One East Tennessee organization is moving forward after the loss of one of its creators.

The "Stand in the Gap coalition" held its regional meeting Sunday. It was also the first time they've met without Edwin Robertson, who created the organization that fights against drug abuse and addiction.

He died in August after passing out at his home.

But they are moving forward and discussed those plans Sunday.

"He was always the person who could get things done, and we all worked together to try and do something in this area," said Dan Spurlock.

The meeting began as the group started to discuss the problem at hand, drug addiction and dependency.

An associate professor with Lincoln Memorial University Family Medicine attended.

"Especially with the goals of this organization, they need to understand how the drug problem affects both mommas and babies in all aspects really," said associate professor Gina DeFranco.

She was followed by a large discussion about an upcoming event called Stand at the Cross.

"We have a responsibility to go and get that word passed," said Spurlock.

The event has people gathering at the large standing cross in Caryville off of interstate 75 at exit 141.

They are bringing in people from around the community to offer help.

"I think if thousands of us come together in prayer asking God to help us change our community, I think that can be something powerful that can happen," said former drug addict, and speaker from First Baptist Church in Jacksboro, Billy Sanders.

Bringing that original goal of tackling a drug problem that much closer to reality. It's why Spurlock and Robertson started this group and why they are continuing the fight even after the tough loss.

"We will always be thankful for all of the efforts and support that Edwin gave us, but the organization itself has a purpose, and outline, and a path to the future," said Spurlock.

Although Spurlock and Robertson always used to say this group would never be about one person or church. Spurlock said they will honor Robertson at the event.

The Stand at the Cross will take place Saturday November 8. You can contact Stand in the Gap for more information, or if you would like to participate.


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