EVENT DATE: Feb 26, 2012
I am commiting to run this half marathon in honor of my brother and all of the work he has done over the past two years to make enormous changes in his life.
Through his late teens and early twenties, he battled a horrible addiction and has recently celebrated his two year mark of being clean from all drugs and alcohol. While this has been a labor of love and hard work for him and my entire family, he would never have made it this far - nor would we - without Comunita Cenacolo (http://www.comunitacenacolo.org/).
Comunita Cenacolo, where Jack has lived for the past two years, is pretty much the school of life: a dedication of faith paired with hard work and almost no material possessions. "The community", as it is called, has helped thousands of young men and women over the past 28 years overcome their addictions and go on to live fulfilling and healthy lives for many, many years.
Cenacolo is completely self-sufficient, recieves no state or federal funding, and relies SOLELY on the donations of families, friends, anonymous donors and the general public. They operate under the assumption that any item they need - from a car to new shoes for the guys to butter - will be provided when it is necessary. They ask for nothing and recieve everything.
While I don't think I will ever fully understand the community, as I have never actually lived it, I will be eternally grateful to them for the life they have given back to my brother - and thousands of others just like him and their families.
I am running this half marathon in gratitude to the Comunita Cenacolo and am asking for your support not only in what they have done for my brother and my family, but for the thousands of men and women who will need their services for years to come.