The 2nd annual Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run event in Atlanta united over 1,200 people on November 3, 2018, from all over the city to bring the disease of addiction into the light and help transform treatment in America. Participants gathered at Piedmont Park to honor lost loved ones, celebrate recovery journeys, connect with families affected by addiction, and walk or run 5 kilometers.
On the chilly, fall morning, teams were all smiles as they wore matching t-shirts and took selfies in front of the Celebrate Recovery Wall.
Families and friends stopped by the Memorial Gallery to read about their loved ones lost to addiction and add their own contributions.
Supporters also stopped by the Community Village to collect resources from several local organizations at the event. These groups are doing important work throughout the Atlanta community to help families devastated by addiction.
Several companies sponsored the event, and we’re grateful for all their support and their commitment to saving lives by working with Shatterproof to put an end to the disease of addiction: Alkermes and Pacira – Plan Against Pain, Cigna, Indivior, and United Health Group, Adapt Pharma – Narcan Nasal Spray, Choice Hotels, Chubb, Dave & Buster’s, JP Morgan Chase, Kaleo, Lockton, Vineyard Vines, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, IHG, Mako Medical Laboratories, Windstream Enterprise, CW69, and Sprouts.
Around 8:30 a.m., Keisha Lancelin of CW69, who served as the program emcee, took to the stage to energize the crowd and get them ready for the speakers, which included Shatterproof Chief Marketing Officer, Shannon Hartley; Dr. Africa Wallace from Piedmont Heart Institute; Elizabeth Solhtalab, Associate Director for Policy and Partnership at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Laurie Dhue, Honorary event chair, television journalist and founder of Dhue Together; and Stephen Deason, Shatterproof Ambassador.
The 5K portion of the event began at 9 a.m., with some members of the community walking and some running the 3.1 miles, but all crossing the finish line with the same goal in mind – rising up against addiction.
The Atlanta community raised nearly $140,000 for the Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run event, which will support Shatterproof’s work to transform our nation’s broken addiction treatment system and ensure that every American with a substance use disorder has access to treatment that’s based on proven research.
The 2019 Rise Up Against Addiction events will be announced in the coming weeks. Check back here to find an event near you.