Pass the Cash: Recovering addict gets help to get back on her feet

Clay (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Clay (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Right on the corner of Texas and Goss Avenue in Louisville's Germantown neighborhood, Clay Masterson saw us and stopped to Pass the Cash to his friend Alyssa.

"She's a friend of mine from a recovery program," Clay said.

Clay is a successful lawyer who knows about recovery first hand. He is sober and now helps others fighting addiction achieve sobriety too.

"If I give this type of money she'll use it for good?" I asked.

"Absolutely," Clay said.

We want this money to be a blessing, not another burden. As a recovery addict, Alyssa's list of battles is long enough.

"Prior criminal convictions, lack of family resources, just kind of out there all on their own in the world, a lot of negatives against them," Clay said.

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Alyssa seemed to have a lot against her and not much more. So we decided to Pass the Cash to help get her back on her feet.

We started with $300 from WAVE 3 News, plus we had another $170 from friends of WAVE 3 News who stopped me to show they care too.

"Ooooohhhh that's amazing," Clay said. "That's amazing."

Amazing - and we hope life changing for Alyssa, who was settled in at a half-way house and scheduled to start her first job soon. She had no idea about the good news we were bringing.

Clay said to her as he passed her the cash, "The first person that came to my mind was you. You have had so many obstacles in your life. So many reasons to give up and quit. So many reasons to be anger and bitter and you have the most amazing spirit,"

Alyssa shed tears of disbelief that someone would think of her. She did her best to take it all in.

"There have been some times that I have wants to quit. It seems easier but I can't," she said.

She won't - and Clay won't let her quit either.

"I've let a lot of people down. I'm just trying to do it one day at a time," Alyssa said.

One day, one battle, one accomplishment at a time.

"Crazy," Alyssa said. "God is good. All the time girl."

Since 2011, WAVE 3 News has given away thousands of dollars to worthy recipients in our Pass the Cash segment. Click here to tell us about a Kentuckiana family or individual who you believe deserves a special gift of $300. (Be sure you are registered on You cannot nominate yourself or a family member.

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