BENEFITING: HERREN PROJECT
ORGANIZER: HERREN PROJECT
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
You all know my story by now I'm proud to say I just celebrated my 5th year in Recovery! But I would like to share a story that shook my family to pieces recently. My niece awoke very early one morning and found her son unresponsive, blue lipped, on her couch from a heroin overdose! First responders tried bringing him back w Narcan, an opiate antidote, to no avail. He was flown to a Boston hospital where he spent three days in ICU, on a ventilator as his heart recovered from oxygen deprivation, and then two more days of observation. With God's grace and the compassionate care of the many professionals at Brigham and Women's, he was brought back to us!
One of the first reach outs my niece made in those desperate early hours of anxiety and fear for her son's life, was to me and and then a member of The Herren Project team. She was very familiar with not only my personal recovery but also with my involvement with The Herren Project, so she reached out for my advice. Immediately I contacted the very people I run for. They jumped on assisting us, from many prayers, to planning and navigating a roadmap to recovery. They found him a bed, arranged flights to coordinate with discharge from the hospital, phone assessments, and a recovery plan, support for the family and much much much more HOPE. They were amazing! This is what The Herren Project is all about saving lives and families one step one family at a time!
Fast forward to today and my nephew & family are doing great, one day at a time. This is why I'll be running the New York Marathon in November, in support and in honor of my nephew as he continues to fight day by day. With your support we can save another life but I need your help! We hear everyday about this epidemic sweeping through our nation. Addiction is present everywhere, rural and urban areas, affluent and impoverished cities and towns. The recent alarming spike in heroin use and overdose incidents should sound an alarm through the nation. But here is HOPE! This why I will run to keep the hope alive!
Please help me save another life. The time has come to say "enough is enough". Help me fight addiction and end the damage that drug and alcohol abuse inflicts on our families, our communities, our country.
As for myself well life is great. October 10 2016 i will celebrate 5 years of sober living! So this race will be a celebratory one for sure! Im now a Grandma of two beautiful grandbabies, I conquered the "W" circuit hiking in Chile, completed my first Ultra run (31+ miles).
More importantly Im giving back, helping others still struggling with addiction. I want everyone to know we do recover & there's always HOPE!