On Sunday, November 4th, 2018, I will hit the fan-lined streets of New York City for the world’s largest marathon! This will be my 8th full marathon and I am especially motivated because my love for running will again benefit The Herren Project, fulfilling my passion of thriving physical and mental health, while raising funds and awareness regarding addiction. Founder Chris Herren, a former Boston Celtics basketball player battled his demons of addiction, hindering his abilities and eventually costing him his career. Now he is a motivational speaker, using his experiences to educate on the perils of drug and alcohol abuse in hopes of reaching out and making a difference.
As a child, surviving the secret trauma of a family members addiction was not easy. Thanks to The Herren Project, my family is now able to break through the stigma of shame, share empathy and acceptance and seek out effective pathways to rehabilitation that has enabled our loved one to embrace sobriety equipped with mindfulness strategies to live a healthy life in recovery. Support programs offer all of us an opportunity to heal and be heard.
This year, Chris Herren spoke to my students at Roy C. Ketcham High School. He used his story as a reference and a warning, while encouraging every student to reflect on his or her own choices. His testimony was very powerful and life-changing. I watched the pain of struggle erased on my students’ faces as they connected with Chris’s story. Chris asked the students to consider whether or not they could confidently say that they were proud of who they are. I was so moved by my students reactions to his presentation that I am implementing The Project Purple Initiative with a team of rockstar teachers at RCK, motivating and supporting students as they embrace Chris’s message of sobriety and mental health.
My goal is to raise $4,000 for The Herren Project. Your donation is tax-refundable and no donation is too small. Thank you in advance for your contribution. Empowerment of healthy choices keeps us all strong and sober.
Sincerely, Meg Mullins