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Part II Of My Story
August 13, 2017

Here's "Part II" of My Story, Please share for a "last minute" push on donations - Help people fighting alcoholism, addiction, & mental illness,  See more

BENEFITING: HERREN PROJECT

ORGANIZER: HERREN PROJECT

Scott Waldrop

THE STORY:

For all my adult life until recently, I’ve been a self-absorbed, somewhat misanthropic, functioning, closet alcoholic. Perhaps the word “closet” is decidedly laughable to those who know me. It's easy for us to hide in breeding grounds conducive to its concealment, wearing masks such as "musician" and "blue collar worker". I’ve been sober for some year and a half. This August I'll be running The Leadville Trail 100 - a hundred-mile race in the heart of The Colorado Rocky Mountains with elevations ranging between 9,200–12,620 feet. In most years, fewer than half the starters complete the race. 


Why would I do this?!?


     To raise money and awareness around mental illness/addiction – issues which are invariably interconnected and ripple out to affect us all in some fashion. It’s not always The Veteran with PTSD or The Sexually Abused who succumb. The normalization of prescription drugs and wholesale alcohol use leaves unknown multitudes of us in quiet dark places. Most of the time we don’t perceive the gradual slip into the clutches of our addiction until we’re mired prostrate and lost in its sordidness. It took me nearly 30 years of bloodied limbs and close-calls to find myself alone in a derelict parking lot - drinking gut-rot from a paper bag - before even the suggested whisper of the word “alcoholic” bubbled forth from my subconscious. The “A” word seemingly stepped out of my mind, steadfast in its sudden tangibility, and unwaveringly faced me down. I’d known “real” alcoholics or so I thought. They set the "deviant bar" so high that I had nothing to worry about. So what if I drink crap beer in a coffee mug every afternoon during my drive home from work? It’s not like I live in the woods - or in some dark apartment littered with crack pipes and scattered cat shit all over the floor. For once I took notice of the rare and fleeting realization that I’d built a false narrative to facilitate my behavior. I’d been myopically reciting the same inner monolog since I was thirteen, languishing in a holding pattern of arrested development while circling over some long-since-dead party. I’ve had remarkable luck in that I gleaned this faint insight which would inevitably guide me as I traversed my own way from an adulthood of marinating (at the time I had too much false pride to bear the stigma I thought AA would place upon me). Whoever it was that crouched under the drink was a perfect stranger whoes acquaintence terrified me. That I acted at all on this realization is still mysterious to me. With newfound clarity, I can look back at my disconnect and heartbreak towards friends & loved ones who battled the same issues. Some continue to do so. Moreover, I've watched many ultimately lose their fight and currently witness the same pattern run its creeping course with a new cast.      


     The charity I work with (The Herren Project) provides many people with the treatment they could otherwise never afford - even when they desperately want a way out. It offers them a richly-deserved second chance. Giving someone this gift is no less miraculous to them than heeding my epiphany was to me, as those who may be chosen for care are sadly few and far between when it comes to sheer numbers. We strive to end the stigma around addiction and the demonizing of people who are suffering from an illness which has spiraled beyond their control. Those affected are so often good people with hearts of gold - they are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters...our soldiers - limitless in potential but with broken compasses. At my worst I was an obese chain-smoker who would drink to blackout nightly. My little boy begged me to stop but my illness was tenacious in its ability to circumnavigate the heart-wrenching pleas, and excused my recovery unto some arbitrary date which was perpetually in “the near future”. I was on a collision course with a pathetic, tragic and or violent end, and the profound certainty with which I perceived my impending doom was ever-surmounting. At this “critical-mass” moment while I floundered in depression, anxiety, and narcissism - I found my way through a successive archipelago of trajectory-changing awakenings (perhaps catalyzed by some teary secular beseeching towards a stranger listener past the blackish 4 am sky). It's not lost on me that I’m quite lucky in this regard. Too many of us don't chance upon this moment of clarity and are counted out as the guy or girl who just can't "get their shit together". To abbreviate and spare the airy details - running was integral to my recovery (as many distance runners before me I’ve come to find). The gratitude one feels on the other side of addiction is a compelling force to be sure. My story isn't terribly unique if you google things to the effect of "ultra runner addiction". I'm not adding anything new to the game. I’d simply like to share what I’ve found with others who want to listen - to be another voice in this sea of voices offering words of empowerment and hope. If I can go from 3-day hangovers with heart palpitations to distance running, anyone can. It’s never too late to be brand new...never. Please help with anything you can. Please share this with others. Contact me if you find yourself on the opposite side of this battle or want to share your story. 


Thanks -Scott Waldrop facebook/twitter/instagram: @ultrarunvegan

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To This Fundraiser

$5,598

MONEY RAISED
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  • Pam Rickard

    $50

  • Roy Mitchell

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $3,643.39

  • Brendan Kelly from NY

    $25

  • Dave

     

  • Malka and David Karr

    $50

  • John T.

     

  • Sally and Mike McKeown

     

  • Tommy Waldrop

    $100

  • Harold E. Morse $100, Sue Grabrill Morse $100, Anne Schwartz $50

    $250

  • RUTH A. RIGGINS

    $100

  • Marc Stauffer

    $100

  • Robert M Johnson

    $250

  • Louise Byrne

    $25

  • William Chenault

    $50

  • Leif Kringen

    $25

  • Chris Kells

     

  • Victoria Gore

    $25

  • Georgia Waldrop (Mom)

    $75

  • Thomas Eugene Waldrop

    $500

  • Matt J. DeVries

    $20

  • James Murad

    $35

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86% Raised of $6,500 Goal

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The Team: $59,035 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Melissa Moeckel

Amount Raised

$13,135

 

131% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Holly Gifford

Amount Raised

$6,191

 

62% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Scott Waldrop

Amount Raised

$5,598

 

86% Raised of $6,500 Goal

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Ashley Truan

Amount Raised

$4,765

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Greg Kearney

Amount Raised

$2,415

 

81% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Pam Rickard

Amount Raised

$2,271

 

45% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Laney Nee

Amount Raised

$2,025

 

203% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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SARA MCGEE

Amount Raised

$1,835

 

184% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

James Murad

James Murad

DONATION: $35

Good luck, bro. Great cause. 2 days ago

Matt J. DeVries

Matt J. DeVries

DONATION: $20

1 week ago

Thomas Eugene Waldrop

Thomas Eugene Waldrop

DONATION: $500

You are my hero. Run your race the best you can and don't worry about the distance or the attitude. Love you, Dad 2 weeks ago

Georgia Waldrop (Mom)

Georgia Waldrop (Mom)

DONATION: $75

My mom sent a card & check with these words, "I hope my contribution shows that I am proud of you. My response to your interview comment about being an "accident": Whoever allowed you to believe that is mistaken. Be assured that you were very much wanted by me. Love, Mom 3 weeks ago

Victoria Gore

Victoria Gore

DONATION: $25

4 weeks ago

Chris Kells

Chris Kells

1 month ago

Leif Kringen

Leif Kringen

DONATION: $25

1 month ago

William Chenault

William Chenault

DONATION: $50

2 months ago

Louise Byrne

Louise Byrne

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Robert M Johnson

Robert M Johnson

DONATION: $250

Run well! 2 months ago