Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 19, 2013

Recovery Rally in Flatwoods park today

FLATWOODS — Timmy Kilburn admits he has made a lot of mistakes in life through bad choices with drugs and alcohol.

Kilburn, a recovering addict, wanted to give something back to the community and thus was born today’s Life’s Second Chance Recovery Rally at Flatwoods City Park.

The day-long festival will go from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. with special testimonies, music and free food.

“Good clean fun,” Kilburn said.

Kilburn is one of the 16 male residents at the Life’s Second Chance recovery home on Daniels Fork. He has been there since April 1 and is grateful for being given that second chance.

“I’ve been in and out of prisons and jails all over the state of Kentucky,” he said. “Life’s Second Chance has given me an actual second chance at living.”

He said he was relaxing in bed one day when the idea of having the rally came to him.

“It was something that had been on my heart for about a week,” he said. “It was the first thing that came to my mind.”

Kilburn along with Chad Hall, Chad Withrow, Chase Adkins and Jesse Lewis have been the motor behind the rally, doing everything from gaining sponsors and door prizes to making sure all the speakers and musicians have been notified.

There will be inflatables for children and free chicken, pizza, hamburgers and other goodies for anybody who comes.

He is expecting an audience from across the Tri-State area to attend. “I was worried for awhile about not having many there but now I’m worried if the park will even hold it.”

His keynote speaker will be Amy Compston, the marathon runner from Ashland who spearheads the Amy for Africa mission that has raised $32,000 since May. She will be running a 50-mile ultra-marathon on Nov. 2 in Nashville. Compston’s story includes 14 years of alcohol and drug abuse before she turned over her addictions to God.

“My favorite, Amy of Amy for Africa,” Kilburn said. “I have known Amy’s sister Amanda (Evans) and Tracy (Vazquez) for 20 years. I’ve known Amy, too. She has a powerful testimony. Anybody who comes and listens to her story is in for a real treat. She is definitely something else.

“God is using her as a mouthpiece and He has done a real great work on molding her.”

Compston is scheduled to speak at 4:30. The rally begins at 2 p.m.

Brand New Day (Bobby Nelson and Glenda Neace) will be playing after Compston speaks and King Thursday follows them. There will also be several soloists, Kilburn said. Bikers for Christ will also be speaking and Mike Donta is leading a 9 p.m. candlelight vigil. Donta’s son, Mike, was a victim of drug and alcohol addiction that led to his death.

“Life’s Second Chance has given me a second chance at living,” said Kilburn, who said he has spent 87 months in jail after being a successful student and athlete at Greenup County High School after growing up in a well-structured home.

“I moved to Portsmouth and then Columbus and got in with the wrong crowd and made some wrong choices.”

Kilburn said he has a son who is 15 and another who is six months. “I’ve got sponsors to transition me back into society,” he said.

Life’s Second Chance Recovery Home has been ongoing for six or seven years, Kilburn said.

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.

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