A local man will have a once in a lifetime meeting Wednesday when he talks one-on-one with President Obama. Bob Baker has been fighting against the heroin epidemic since his son overdosed last year, and now he has the chance to tell the President his story.
Bob Baker’s story begins with his son Bobby Baker, who loved roller coasters, music, and baseball. He died at 18 from the grips of heroin.
Baker will tell the President how the drug has torn his life apart, and the lives of many others.
When Bob received a call from the White House he was in shock. He is the only person traveling from Wheeling to meet the President.
“Mixed emotions, I’m scared I’m meeting the most powerful man in the world but it’s for the cause I’m fighting for to help fight heroin addiction. Because, when my son was sick we couldn’t find any help for him locally. And we need to find a place here in the Upper Ohio Valley to take care of adolescents who have this problem, because it is a growing problem in our panhandle here,” Baker said.
Baker said no matter the political view, heroin is not about politics. The drug can affect anyone and is killing young adults not just in West Virginia, but all throughout the country. On Wednesday, he will also advocate for early education on the drug and harder sentences for heroin traffickers.
Baker said he is nervous to meet with the commander in chief, but finds comfort in the fact that he will be speaking from the heart about his son. He hopes that other families don’t have to live through the pain he has felt.