I joined the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Chicago fundraising team in unforseen circumstances as the original participant unfortunately had to pull out because of an injury. Time is short and I have to reach my goal of raising 2,000 dollars in two months. I know I can do it because I am no longer alone. And as we in recovery like to tell the newcomer when he or she finally surrenders from alcohol or drug addiction and decides to ask for help, we simply say “you are never too late”. This is why I’m asking you to help my cause with as little or as much as you can. Every dollar counts. Please share it with your contacts as they might have a family member or a friend who might be struggling with addiction right now.
This year I celebrated 13 years of sobriety. Hazelden Chicago has been a very important part of my journey. People who claim to know me well know about my passion for the city of Chicago, for my love of running and for the gratitude for my recovery from addiction. What better way to combine those three elements than to run the Chicago Marathon, join the wonderful Hazelden team and help give back to this organization that has given me, and so many others, a life beyond our wildest dreams. Most important though, it is about the person coming behind who might be struggling, probably feeling lost and lonely, empty and hopless. To that person I can only say "You are not Alone", there is Hope and most importantly there is a solution.