Diane Stem Named Tennessee’s Good Neighbor

Diane Stem, a sales associate with the Hermitage office of Crye-Leike, Realtors, has been named the recipient of the Tennessee Association of Realtors 2004 Good Neighbor Award.

With this award, a $2,000 donation has been made to the charity to which she has devoted herself, the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition.

“I am both surprised and thrilled by this honor,” she said. “Those working to increase awareness of the dangers of inhalant abuse need all the support we can offer.”

Eight years ago, Stem lost her 16-year-old son to a killer she had then never heard of – inhalant abuse. Immediately after his death, she said she was determined to do all she could to prevent another family from losing a child in such a senseless way.

Two weeks after her son’s funeral, Stem allowed a Nashville TV station to air a segment on her son’s death. It was her first forum to warn others on a local level.

Since then, she has worked with the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition through workshops on Inhalant Abuse for parents, teachers, students, church youth groups and churches.

Stem has spoken at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on two occasions and appeared with Diane Sawyer on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” program to warn and educate others. She also participates in a grief support network for parents who have experience recent tragedies like her own.

Stem was elected for this honor from among a large number of nominees from across the state.

The Tennessee Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award recognizes Realtors who make exceptional contributions to improving the quality of life in their communities. Award recipients are recognized as models for others, by showing what one person can do to make a difference.