In April 2018, my brother Jim died of a heroin overdose after battling addiction for more than 20 years. His death left a hole that can never be filled, but it has also left me with a passion for connection and healing, and an unwillingness to remain quiet. Last year, as I stumbled through life grasping for anything to help with my own pain I came across an organization called the Herren Project. The Herren Project is a nonprofit focused on bringing hope and healing to so many people by providing free resources and support for those affected by substance use disorder.
On April 20, 2020 I will toe the start line of the Boston Marathong proudly sporting the Herren Porject colors and along side my fellow Herren Project Boston Marathon Teammates. I have this incredible honor to show up for others like me, like my brother, and like my family to raise funding and awareness for an organization so near and dear to our hearts.
For more information about Herren Project, see their website https://herrenproject.org.Their services range from treatment placement assistance, long-term recovery support for individuals and families, financial assistance for treatment programs and recovery housing as well as prevention education programs for schools and communities. Herren Project was founded in 2011 by former professional basketball player, Chris Herren, who has been in long-term recovery since August 1, 2008.