Folks, I never do 5Ks. There is a risk of violence if you try to get me to run with you, and I'd get away with it, because like... one look at me and the judge will know it was self-defense.
In this case, I'm making an exception and walking/crawling a 5K for an especially worthy cause.
Many of you know that we lost my sister back in 2008, when she was struggling as a recovering addict. Sadly, we are far from the only family for whom the addiction epidemic carries a personal sting; millions of Americans struggle with addiction and substance abuse. In Delaware alone, the number of heroin users seeking treatment at state-funded centers has increased by 700% in the last 25 years. That doesn't include those seeking private treatment or those who don't make it to recovery.
The tragic fact is that many of you already know how big this is. You've seen a loved one, a friend, or a coworker become part of these statistics. This is local, national, and global crisis, made worse by the fact that many users are stigmatized as junkies, burdens on their communities, etc.
Thankfully, there are bright spots. State legislatures are providing first responders with overdose reversal drugs like Naloxone. Awareness is growing. People are seeking to understand addiction as a disease, rather than demonize its victims. This is not an accident, but the result of the hard work of activists, addicts, and survivors who have organized, educated and advocated across America to help beat the stigma and save lives.
atTacK addiction is one of those groups. On March 5, I will be putting aside my differences with thousands of runners to support its efforts and honor my sister's memory. Please consider joining me (we can walk together in the very back) or donating and supporting our team.
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