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Outrunning Addiction

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THE STORY:

I am so proud and honored to once again be part of "Team Chris" as we run the Ragnar Relay Race as "Running F.R.E.A.K.S. - Outrunning Addiction." Our mission is simple: run 200+ miles from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC and try to raise as much awareness and funding as we can for the battle against addiction.

This mission is very close to my heart. After watching my best friend's younger brother battle addiction for years, he succumbed to the disease in February of 2013 after a fatal heroin overdose. Chris Atwood was an incredible person - giving, caring, and outrageously hilarious. The Chris Atwood Foundation was founded in his honor to raise awareness, prevent, and destigmatize the horrifying disease that is addiction.

The Chris Atwood Foundation has done some incredible work so far (see below) and I can promise you there is so much more to come! Your support would mean the world to me and can make a world of difference in this fight against addiction. Unfortunately, this is a disease that knows no stereotypes, no boundaries. It has become the number one cause of accidental deaths in the United States, and if we fail to act, it will continue to claim the people we love. 

Thank you so much for your support. It means the world to me, and will mean a world of difference for those struggling with addiction.

 

CHRIS ATWOOD FOUNDATION INC wrote -

We are experiencing the worst opioid epidemic in the nation's history.  

Drug overdose now kills more Americans than car accidents.  Help us fight to keep our youth alive and our families whole! 

The statistics are scary... but they aren't just numbers. They are real people, like our sweet, funny, and handsome Chris, many of whom desperately want to get better, but suffer from a debilitating disease that many people say they deserve to have. 

One thing is clear - this is no longer someone else's problem.  It's happening right in our backyard.  You might not always see it, because the stigma of this disease makes many suffer in silence, but you do know someone who has been effected by it.  

If we are going to stop losing lives, especially young ones, we must all do something. 

What We are Doing

The Chris Atwood Foundation is working to combat this opioid crisis by spreading awareness, education, andaccess to a life-saving overdose antidote called Naloxone.  

Naloxone works safely and effectively in as little as 3 minutes to reverse an otherwise fatal overdose from prescription pain killers or heroin.  Some states, including VA, have passed new laws allowing anyone to carry it, but there are still signifigant barriers to getting the medication into the hands of those who need it - like the recently doubled cost, and training requirements.

In beginning of June, The Chris Atwood Foundation held the area's first Layperson Naloxone training class where 25 people, mostly family members of someone using opioids, learned how to reverse opioid overdose.  More classes are in the works.  

We believe that everyone who has a loved one taking opioids for any reason should have this medication on hand just like someone with an allergy would carry an epi-pen.  Please help us in our fight to stop opioids from claiming more lives.

No one should have to discover their loved one dying of an overdose and be powerless to  save them. 

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To This Fundraiser

$2,348

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Tim Reinfeld

    $50

  • Meghan Ryan

    $25

  • Chrissy Kelley

    $25

  • EZB Law

    $125

  • Blake S.

    $10

  • Rod Nicks

    $10

  • Lauren Seserko

    $10

  • Ryan Cormier

     

  • Grant

    $20

  • Brittany D

    $15

  • LERMAN, LERRY

     

  • Mercedes

     

  • Nick Paul

    $20

  • Megan P

    $50

  • Jana finally figured it out

    $20

  • bryson

     

  • Nikki, Allison's pro-equality forever prom date

    $23

  • Bridget Marshall

    $20

  • Brooks

     

  • Erin Horton

    $25

  • Lizzie and Sam

    $100

  • Kathleen Newbould Waite

    $50

  • Allison Byers

    $20

  • Rhiannon Pimentel

    $25

  • The Living Legacy Foundation

    $1,000

  • Sybil Byers Fetter

    $25

  • Pat O'Neil

    $20

  • SVH

    $20

  • Mark

    $250

  • Jeremy Robilotta

    $25

  • KATHLEEN LOVES YOU

    $15

  • Barb Kline

    $25

  • Hugh & Warren Byers

    $75

  • Karen and Donald Coleman

    $50

  • LA & Paul

    $50

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94% Raised of$2,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $22,060 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Ginny Atwood

Amount Raised

$9,848

 

90% Raised of$11,000 Goal

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Amanda Thoburn

Amount Raised

$2,526

 

101% Raised of$2,500 Goal

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Allison Byers

Amount Raised

$2,348

 

94% Raised of$2,500 Goal

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Spencer Brothers

Amount Raised

$1,800

 

90% Raised of$2,000 Goal

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Beth Boucher

Amount Raised

$1,610

 

107% Raised of$1,500 Goal

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Rebekah Castro

Amount Raised

$1,065

 

107% Raised of$1,000 Goal

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Jenni Seong

Amount Raised

$705

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Shea Johnson

Amount Raised

$610

 

61% Raised of$1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

LA & Paul

LA & Paul

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Karen and Donald Coleman

Karen and Donald Coleman

DONATION: $50

In memory of Jennifer Willis 3 years ago

Hugh & Warren Byers

Hugh & Warren Byers

DONATION: $75

3 years ago

Barb Kline

Barb Kline

DONATION: $25

Go Allison Go!! 3 years ago

KATHLEEN LOVES YOU

KATHLEEN LOVES YOU

DONATION: $15

3 years ago

Jeremy Robilotta

Jeremy Robilotta

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Mark

Mark

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

SVH

SVH

DONATION: $20

Loving the heart and passion you have for all those other than yourself. Continue to be the strong, amazing woman that you are and know that I adore you! Run high, run long, run fast, run for you, run for others. 3 years ago

Pat O'Neil

Pat O'Neil

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Sybil Byers Fetter

Sybil Byers Fetter

DONATION: $25

3 years ago