In 1996, Bea Aikens began her personal journey of recovery from the illness of pathological gambling. She experienced the impact this disease has on loved ones and family members after her beloved sister Lanie died from an overdose related to compulsive gambling. She vowed that one day she would educate others about the devastating effects of the illness. Bea’s call-to-action came in January 2010 at a professional board meeting. She and other members discovered that the organization’s entire treasury was embezzled by a member with a gambling addition who had access to the funds. As a result of this, Ms. Aikens founded Lanie’s Hope in Las Vegas, Nevada, with two main purposes: to be of service to the gambler who still suffers and to increase understanding of the disease by those who are not afflicted with the disease, but are impacted none-the-less via the social impact of the ever-expanding access to gambling in the U.S. Read more about Bea’s story
We facilitate social change in problem gambling at a national level. We advocate and promote awareness of problem gambling. Since 1980, compulsive gambling has been recognized as a disease by the American Psychiatric Association. As an advocate for individuals requiring treatment, it is our mission to facilitate change at a national level and positively enhance the availability of care.
Lanie’s Hope was founded as a “no profit” to increase awareness of problem gambling and to channel much-needed funds to existing treatment and educational entities. To be of greater service to the mission of “humanizing and illuminating the disease of pathological gambling, and spurring social change, we must transition from “no profit” to non-profit status and are in the process of becoming a 501(c) (3) non-profit. Our mission remains unchanged – to serve as an advocate for the compulsive gambler and their loved ones, and to function as an agent for social change.
We are national advocates who strive for enhanced awareness that will attract support for existing entities serving the needs of compulsive gamblers and their families. Treatment programs and vital resources are available but public funds are severely limited and existing programs have been devastated by repeated budget cuts. Thus, Lanie’s Hope accepts non tax-deductible contributions to further our mission during this transition and we encourage donors interested in tax-deductible donations to support the nonprofit Nevada Council on Problem Gambling.
To support Lanie’s Hope click on the “Donate to Lanie’s Hope” box below. To support the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling click on the “Donate to Nevada Council on Problem Gambling” box to the right. Your support is greatly appreciated.