One thing that I have learned in the nearly three years since we lost Amber is that so many others who lost their loved ones are speaking out and trying to help others. They are not allowing the stigma to hide their love. They are trying to change the world in every community by speaking out and raising awareness. They are not the only ones, people in recovery are not staying anonymous, they are sharing their stories to help others. People in recovery are reaching out to help in prevention as well as helping people on their journey to recovery.
In Memory of Anthony
Anthony lost his battle in November 2017, his family is honoring Anthony’s memory by helping others and fighting to end the stigma. The power of compassion, love and empathy are very strong. Together we can all make a difference and save lives.
Unaware of the extent of this disease or how much it impacted his daily life for most of that time, we want to spread awareness and education on addiction so other families will not look back with regrets and wonder, “What if? The stigma and shame associated with this awful disease must be stripped away so we can be proactive in combatting it. — https://www.facebook.com/anthonysrun/
On July 29th at the Museum Building and track in South Park, PA will be the first annual Anthony’s Run for Recovery. It is beyond time to end the stigma on mental illness! We have to put an end to the stigma NOW! Stigmatizing prevents people from getting help. The people could be the ones suffering in addiction or the family members struggling and needing help. Addiction is a family disease, it effects the entire family and friends of the person suffering with addiction.
Please mark your calendar and join us at Anthony’s Run for Recovery. Let’s come together, celebrate recovery and educate people on addiction.
I can not run a 5k and will not try this soon, but my goal is to walk the 5k in Amber’s memory and in the memory of all of loved ones lost.
Tentative Schedule of Events
|9:00 am||5K starts and finishes on the South Park track. Details of the race coming soon.|
|10:00 am||Kid’s Fun Run: one lap (1/2 mile) on the South Park Track.|
|10:30 am||Prizes will be awarded to the winners of both the 5K and the Fun Run.|
Pittsburgh’s own magician, Lee Terbosic, will be performing up close magic after the run. There will be music, food trucks, face painting, soccer, a Chinese Auction, a 50/50 Raffle and information available on substance use disorders.
To register for the 5K and Kid’s Fun Run: https://www.athlinks.com/event/anthonys-run-for-recovery-241236
To donate to Shatterproof: https://fundraise.shatterproof.org/anthonysrun
To find out other ways you can help, for more information and resources, or to honor your loved one at the event who has lost their battle, email us at email@example.com