Hi there! Thank you for stopping by OUR fundraising page. Yup, you read it correctly, the MacDonald sisters are lacing it up together this year. For several years, Kerry has run the Falmouth Road Race to support an amazing cause. Every year Danielle sits back and says running the race to support RWW is on her “bucket list”. Well, the time is now! Read along for more info about the cause and what it means to us.
Recovery Without Walls is a non-profit organization on Cape Cod that aims to remove barriers for woman seeking substance abuse recovery. It provides many services with the aim to improve safety, stability, structure and support. RWW depends entirely on contributions; there are no paid employees so any donation goes directly to providing resources such as housing opportunities, mentoring for job skill/application and placement, and financial assistance toward healthcare, acupuncture, rent, legal or court fines.
WHAT IT MEANS TO US:
Kerry: “It’s difficult to articulate....At a time when my alcoholism and addiction felt like a failure of will or effort, RWW was a safe place to be me- the real version of me- without shame or embarrassment. At various points throughout my journey RWW helped me get back on my feet by defraying the cost of life-saving recovery resources and treatment. RWW later assisted with costly medical treatments that weren’t paid for by my insurance, counseling and acupuncture. And since then, it’s taught me altruism and the power of volunteerism, the ability to give to another alcoholic without expecting anything in return. Most of all Bill and RWW has been a fierce and unwavering support to me personally. Over the years my relationship to Bill, his wife Deb and RWW has deepened and evolved so to answer this question today is like asking how has your best friend helped you?
Danielle: "During a time when I was trying to get the full college experience, substance abuse became my family burden. It is in my nature to give, but I had to surrender to my desire to “fix” and show my support by leaving it on her doorstep like a newspaper waiting to be picked up and read. RWW allowed me to feel at peace with my decision of taking space. They provided the support to Kerry that I couldn’t give as her younger (smarter, funnier, cooler) sister. At the time, Kerry couldn’t quite put into words how this program was different than the rest or what it was doing for her. Or maybe I couldn’t make sense of it. “Helping you with what? Money? A job? Medical treatment? Rent? REALLY? WHERE DO I SIGN UP?”. I remember the conversations about RWW, much was a blur because I focused more on Kerry, her demeanor, and how her whole person had shifted. In fact, it wasn’t that she couldn’t explain it, it was her tone and her enthusiasm I heard; it was Kerry again. In short, to me, RWW means opportunity and healing. A place to rebuild and repair with all the reasons to succeed."
Kerry can do this race, we/I have seen it. Danielle (me), well, we will only find out. But truth be told, I know training for the race will be a battle that doesn’t compare to the road to recovery for many women.
To end, please donate. To the cause, to a woman in need, to our stories because it means so much for us to help create an opportunity for someone along the way.
Thank you thank you thank you!
Kerry and Danielle