At 33 years old, I am 13 years free from drugs and alcohol. May 30, 2007 is the most significant day of my life and that of my family and friends. The peace of mind, as well as the commitment and discipline required in distance running, is a vital part of my personal mental health/recovery. Having 3 small children, a wife, a career, people I help in a 12 step program, and a commitment to my church, finding a moment to turn my mind off has always been a struggle. Running has been a powerful solution I have found over the last 3-4 years.
While I got clean before the start of the Herren Project, I have personally seen the positive impact that this organization has had in my community from scholarships to addicts in desperate need as well as the amazing work done to de-stigmitze addiction.
I have lost more than 10 people from addiction in my life. When I run I will draw strength from the memory of all of them, but specifically, I will draw from the strength of my relationships of my lost friends: Evan, Jarryd, Johnny and Victor. It has been a personal goal of mine to run a marathon and if I can also raise money for a cause that is so important to me, it seems selfish not to take advantage of the opportunity.
Long term recovery is possible and addicts can not only stay clean but thrive, becoming productive, honest and hardworking contributing members of society! Thank you for helping me help others!
Herren Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established in 2011 by former NBA basketball player Chris Herren. Together we recover...as we support, inspire & empower those affected by substance use disorder. www,herrenproject.org