I am running the 2019 Chicago Marathon to raise money for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and in memory of my friend, Brendan Gallagher, who lost his battle with the disease of addiction in May of 2017 at the age of 25. Brendan was the first friend I made in recovery and he taught me that living a life of sobriety is more than just abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Brendan wanted to make a difference in the recovery community by creating awareness about an epidemic that has touched so many people’s lives, yet so few people feel comfortable talking about.
This year, I celebrated 5 years of sobriety and I am proud to be a part of the Chicago recovery community. I wear my sobriety as a badge of honor, and I know my story and my openness to share can help others who struggle with addiction.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation provides scholarship for those struggling with addiction who cannot afford treatment. Hazelden Betty Ford helped save my life and I want to give others the same opportunity of recovery that was given to me.
If you have been touched by addiction in any way, please donate to this cause.