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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL. (KTVI) – A grieving sister is putting one foot in front of another to give others hope and a brighter future as they fight drug addiction.

News 11's Patrick Clark shows  how she is remembering her brother who lost his life to a drug addiction.

This is a practice run for Heidi Koehl.  She's prepping for the fifth annual Peter's Place 5k run this Saturday.

I generally run a mile to miles never more than 3 miles, but I just think and sometimes I pray about what's going on in life and other people's lives.

But it's her big brother who she'll be thinking of.  The run is held in his honor at Moody Park at Longacre in Fairview Heights.

They are a symbol kind of what I run for and my inspiration

Her brother peter fought a battle with drug addiction.

The saddest part of the story I should say is not just losing him.  Bring the entrance time with you realized he has relapsed he was put on a waiting list of 9 to 10 weeks.

At the time Heidi was 11 and peter 22.

Two weeks before he died he was at my soccer game supporting me.

And now the Koehl’s want to support others.  They hope to build a Christian centered treatment center, offering free long term help for men struggling with substance abuse or mental illness.

Six months to a year will be the opportunity at peter's place typical treatment centers 30 days, 60 days and back to reality.

For now, the Koehl’s will concentrate on Saturday run and walk.

These events we're able to talk and chat and share with people and it turns out to be much more than a running and walking event.

It just brings I guess it just brings a sense of joy even though we don't have it built yet. We are working towards it to help all the other peters.

Or Paul’s or John’s, and she'll be running for all of them Saturday morning.