Addiction is a disease that is plaguing Long Island and the United States today. Unfortunately, too many individuals and families have to deal with this issue. As many of you know, this horrible disease affected my family. My brother, Dennis, struggled with addiction. At the age of 33, he realized he needed help. After nine more months of battling the disease, it won. On November 5th, I will be running a marathon in honor of my brother. This day has special meaning because it is the anniversary of his death. He passed away November 5, 2011.
He was an amazing friend, brother, son and husband. Anyone who met him was touched by his kindness and intelligence. If he ever cooked for you, you knew that time management was not his forte, but cooking certainly was. His passion for cooking delighted him and everyone around him.
This journey of 26.2 miles not only will be in his memory, but also will raise money and awareness to help other families and individuals who struggle with this devastating disease. Please consider donating to FIST, Families in Support of Treatment on Long Island. FIST is a Not-For-Profit organization designed to organize, support, educate, guide and provide resources to families who are struggling with a loved one’s addiction. For further information on FIST, check out their website at familiesinsupportoftreatment.com. You can also check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/349895748454521/ Thanks!