This holiday we want to help create a little healing and bring hope. For some the holidays can be a triggering time period. Missing those who are no longer with us, memories of the past, wanting those happy holiday experiences with family and friends, feeling lonely and excluded, wishing for something you can’t even express or maybe you are afraid to. We are all seeking comfort and connection and community.
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. If you know me than you know that I never withhold a hug or a word of encouragement.
At 9:00am on December 12th, Run N Tri Outfitters in Wake Forest, NC will be hosting the Holiday Hamster-wheel for Hope. Bryan Staffey, the owner of Run N Tri, and I will begin a 48-hour treadmill challenge. We will take one step at a time, pushing through fatigue, darkness, and fear in an effort to raise awareness for an organization very near and dear to our hearts. The Herren Project is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing hope and healing to so many people by providing free resources and support for those affected by substance use disorder.
Recovery and healing are not a solo effort. This event is for ALL OF US: those battling addiction, families, friends, coworkers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers. We will have an open treadmill next to us and we would love to have YOU JOIN US in connection and community. Run a mile, or two, or ten! Don’t want to run? Walk. Don’t want to walk? Come sing a song, join our costume contest, or buy a raffle ticket.
Watch the Run N Tri Facebook page for updates on contest times, giveaway options, and more during the 48-hour challenge.
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.