Watching helplessly as you witness a love one disappear before your eyes is one of the most heartbreaking experiences. If you have witnessed a love one struggle with cancer toward the end of life, you will most likely understand this heartbreak. We watch as the disease takes everything from them. The disease of addiction is similar and yet, the compassion for those struggling is far more lonely and shameful.
I watched helplessly as the disease of addiction influenced my loved one’s thoughts, behavior, and words and consumed his spirit. He became desperate, as if he would literally die if he did not have this deadly substance. No longer was he able to understand that he could survive without this substance, until a near death experience and the immediate extensive support of a cohesive Herren Project Team.
This support buoyed family and friends alike and rippled out to those around us. We are fortunate today to have our brother, son, cousin, grandson, friend, and neighbor. He has lived two years fully participating in his life under his own power without the influence of drugs. We are eternally grateful.
On April 14, 2018, I am honored to be a runner and participant in the largest THP running team so far for the Boston Athletic Association 5K. Being my first fundraiser, my goal is to raise $1000. Your support will allow the Herren Project to continue it’s non-profit goals.
The Herren Project wrote in their 2017 Annual Report:“ The Herren Project was formed in 2011 to answer those calls, increase education and public awareness on the dangers of substance abuse and to assist one person, one family at a time through a combination of treatment navigation, educational initiative, mentoring, and public awareness. “
Please consider joining me in support of The Herren Project. Together we can reach and support those who are suffering around us with compassion and without shame. They are not alone.
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