Many of us know at least one person that is struggling with or has struggled with addiction. Maybe that person is ourselves. I personally lost a few friends to addiction or addiction-related illnesses in the past year. The sad truth is that addiction is impacting families and friends across America. This is why I am running the San Francisco Marathon to raise money for the nonprofit organization, Shatterproof. This organization strives to end the stigma and secrecy associated with addiction. They reduce the devastating impact of addiction on families across America by helping parents prevent their children from developing an addiction to alcohol and other drugs and ensure that those afflicted with this disease gain access to proven and effective treatments and long-term recovery programs. This organization advocates for policy change at both the state and federal level. Their goal is to build a national organization that will treat addiction like the chronic disease that it is, offering evidence-based and tangible resources for prevention, treatment and recovery. They encourage tolerance and compassion, and strive to dismantle the discrimination and judgment associated with this non-discriminating and devastating disease.