I am excited to announce I will be joining the 2019 Boston Marathon Team Bay Cove,
volunteering to run the famous 26.2 to help raise awareness for those suffering from life controlled by drugs and alcohol, as well as those in recovery for their substance labuse and mental health challenges. We WILL help End the Stigmas attached to such individuals.
Each day, Bay Cove Human Services provides effective, compassionate care to over 6,000 individuals and families who face the challenges of developmental disabilities, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and aging at over 170 sites in Boston and southeastern Massachusetts.
All moneys received on behalf of this fundraiser will be pooled together for a Recovery Relief Fund for the individuals within the mental health community of inner Boston that receive services from Bay Cove. Every single dollar helps those that do not have many of the good fortunes you and I experience on a daily basis.
I am a very blessed man, lucky to even be alive after battling the demons of addiction to alcohol and opiates for over a decade strong. From a handful plus of bouts with pancreatitis, developing early stages of congestive heart failure, to becoming suicidal daily, I miraculously managed to escape the wrath of the disease on July 24, 2017. From that day forward I have pledged to make it my personal mission to do whatever it takes in promoting hope and inspiration to those still sick and suffering.
I realized early on during my 7-month stay at a recovery program that I was meant to be a Voice for the ever-growing drug epidemic our country faces, through my writings and speaking engagements.
By the time I graduated from that program on February 23, 2018, I had succedded in my pesonal mission, one that every single person told me I could NOT accomplish, and that was finishing my book. Stop Thinking Like That: No Matter What. Writing this book initially was for me to show myself that I could do anything I put my mind to, but soon it became far greater than that. I pushed through every obstacle that came in my way, all the negative judgments from the outside, to show that ANYONE can do ANYTHING they desire. It doesn't matter how hopeless you may feel, how lost and scared you may be, or that you are now forever labeled as being a Person in recovery, your life is far from over. You can still accomplish all the goals you aspired to before addictions took control of your life and live out the life you've always dreamed of...and then some!
The success of Stop Thinking Like That, which became a #1 National Bestseller in multiple categories, blessed me with many opportunities and platforms to further the mission of my Motivational Recovery movement, which is to spread hope and inspiration from coast to coast. From being invited to join a Senator on her television show, speaking on podcasts from San Francisco to London, co-hosting a recovery radio show, and standing in front of over 1,000 people on the Boston Common to spread awareness on International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st, I have been able to push on in helping as many individuals as I possibly can. It is my duty.
The blessings continued when I received the opportunity to join such an accomplished organization as Bay Cove Human Services, where I am now serving as a Recovery Coach and Peer Specialist on a new state-designed Peer Team, working with individuals within the mental health system to help them see that they too can still live the life they have always wished to, no matter what obstacles they may be facing. They too matter.
Please help me in raising awareness for those who are battling substance abuse and living with the stigmas of mental health challenges by donating to this amazing campaign, as we bring them the hope and inspiration that everyone deserves.
Lastly, I am running the 2019 Boston Marathon to further prove that anything really is possible because if I can anyone can. I am no one special, I was living in the bowels of addiction less than 18 months ago. Now I am just a man on a mission to show you what is possible. I dare you to help me on this mission. Donate today!