My name is Taylor Newman, Executive Director of The Move for Mind Foundation.
On June 29th, I will run 300 miles from my home in New Jersey to Pinegrove Cemetery in Lynn, Massachusetts where my cousin, Sam, is laid to rest.
In January 2019, Sam passed away from a drug overdose after a long battle with drug addiction. My family didn’t lose him to a drug... we lost him to a feeling. Like many others, Sam wasn’t using a substance to get a high, he was using it to feel normal. He was a regular kid in an average home who was grappling with a changing life and a loss of balance.
Meaningful movement is a powerful tool, and I've seen and experienced firsthand how it can save lives. It saved my own from a near suicide in 2017. This is why we started Move for Mind... to advocate, educate, and inspire people to improve their mental health through an active lifestyle.
To educate, inspire, serve, and connect... I’m taking on the hardest challenge I've faced to raise money and awareness for Move for Mind's addiction awareness campaign, "Addiction Sucks."
Sam was one of roughly 70,000 Americans who lost their battle at the hands of a drug that year. According to the CDC, over 80,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the 12 months ending in May 2020, and that number is expected to climb to over 100,000 overdose deaths by the time data reaches the present date. That is far too many, and Addiction Sucks seeks to reduce that number by encouraging open dialogue surrounding addiction and recovery, educating the public on why and how to join the fight against addiction, and launching "Move for Recovery", a recovery support service (RSS), this May to bring our Move for Mind Mission directly into the lives of those battling addiction.
Please give what you can and share this campaign with your loved ones. Addiction affects everyone, and together we can move our world to a better place.
Be Well & Keep Moving,
Taylor Newman, Executive Director