As opioid addiction continues to rip families apart, a mother in Berks County is speaking out about her daughter's deadly overdose.
Wendy Rupp of Topton said she is telling her story in the hopes that it spares other from the pain of losing a loved-one to addiction.
"We'll never get to see her get married. I'll never get to see her graduate from college, and I never get to see grandchildren of hers," Rupp said, fighting back tears.
Shania Rupp died on August 16, four days after her 20th birthday. Rupp lost her youngest child, her only daughter and her best friend.
"We did everything together," she said.
Shania's future was bright. She graduated from Brandywine Heights, where her mother said she was a member of the National Honor Society, the drama club, and the cheerleading squad.
Shania had also enrolled at Kutztown University, where she was majoring in psychology.
Rupp said she discovered Shania in her room when she fatally overdosed.
"It's just surreal. You don't want to believe it and you hope that you're just dreaming," Rupp said.
Rupp said she thought Shania overdosed on heroin, but a toxicology report later revealed only fentanyl, which is about 50 times stronger than heroin.
"I do know that she is happy now and she's at peace," she added.
Rupp said Shania overcame anorexia and struggled with depression and self-esteem issues. About two years ago, she learned her daughter started had using heroin.
Rupp's older son is currently in treatment for heroin addiction. She said she hopes addiction will not take her other child, too.
"It doesn't discriminate against anyone -- age, race, gender, nothing," she said.
Rupp is trying to push forward for her son and said Shania is what keeps her going.
"She is here, right here, and I kiss her every night," Rupp said, holding a necklace with her daughter's ashes.
Rupp set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the bills that have come following her daughter's death.