...but there is always hope!
OUR FOUNDER - JACKSON'S STORY
Not An Easy Fix’s originator, Jackson Rannells, first came up with a vision for a community healing & honoring event in Somerville NJ in 2018.
He and many of his good friends had lost numerous mutual friends within just a few years. With the help of his dad, he successfully created a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, formed a professional Board and created a committee of loyal and talented friends setting the ball in motion.
An application was filled out to hold the event on Division Street in Somerville NJ in the fall of 2018, but then for a few reasons it was decided to switch plans to the summer months of 2019. The excitement was growing, however, Jackson
had his own personal struggle with addiction and the process had to be delayed as he sought
treatment. Then, when the opportunity arose again to resurrect the event, the plight of Covid
struck our world and, as we all know too well, many hopes and dreams had to be put on hold.
Jackson had several good years and experiences while in recovery, gaining new perspective through maturity as well as discovering the foundational strength he found in his Christian
faith walk. He deeply believed in the transformational power of Christ and openly shared his spiritual journey. He wanted to offer his story so that others could benefit and he truly wanted
to help others especially those younger than himself to steer them away from the temptation of experimenting with dangerous substances. He had the idea of conducting multi-media
Jackson grew up in Bridgewater NJ. He was an intelligent, creative, witty, passionate, caring and loyal friend. Those around him knew of his strong energy, convincing charm and fearless antics. He moved with his family in 2007 to Branchburg NJ, enrolling in Somerville High School. Unfortunately, soon thereafter, some poor choices launched his personal journey with addiction which started in his teen years and worsened in his 20’s after being prescribed an opioid medication for an injury. The epidemic had begun and it knew no boundaries regarding its targets.
assemblies in local middle and high schools to
convey this urgent message. Unfortunately, on February 18, 2021, a relapse involving fentanyl poisoning took his life. His family and friends will never be the same, but in his name and in honor of his deceased friends and so many other loved ones lost in Somerset County NJ and beyond, Not An Easy Fix and its team is now coming together to make a difference in the lives of others and in our communities.