Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation the disease of addiction causes families, continued its national “Rise Up Against Addiction” event series in Atlanta on November 3 at Piedmont Park.
This 2nd annual unique event united over 1,200 people from all over Atlanta and surrounding communities to bring the disease of addiction into the light and help transform treatment in America. Participants honored lost loved ones, celebrated recovery journeys, connected with families affected by addiction, and shared stories of hope.
“It is inspiring to see the Atlanta community rally together and foster a sense of strength and support,” said Shatterproof founder and CEO, Gary Mendell. “It is time to end the stigma around this disease.”
Highlights included a Shatterproof Community Village, which showcased substance use disorder resources from 20 local organizations; a Memorial Gallery, which featured photos and stories of lost loved ones; and the Celebrate Recovery Area, a space where hundreds of people in recovery celebrated and shared their recovery milestones.
Speakers 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 program emcee was Keisha Lancelin of CW69.
National Sponsors included: Alkermes and Pacira – Plan Against Pain (Visionary sponsors); Cigna, Indivior, and United Health Group (Signature sponsors); Adapt Pharma – Narcan Nasal Spray, Choice Hotels, Chubb, Dave & Buster’s, JP Morgan Chase, Kaleo, Lockton, Vineyard Vines, and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (Supporting sponsors).
Local sponsors included: Cigna (Platinum), IHG (Silver), Mako Medical Laboratories (Copper), Windstream Enterprise (Copper), CW69 (Media), Sprouts (In-Kind).
The Atlanta community raised nearly $140,000 for the Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run event, which supports Shatterproof’s work to transform the 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.
Upcoming 2018 Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run Events:
Saturday, November 10, 2018
300 Spectrum Center Drive
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Continental Bridge Gateway Plaza
For more information or to register for one of Shatterproof’s Rise Up Against Addiction events, click here.
Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof is focused on one specific, urgent goal: To transform America’s broken addiction treatment system. The organization is working to ensure that every American with a substance use disorder has access to treatment that’s based on proven research. Shatterproof advocates for changes to federal and state policy, payer reform and provider ratings, and provides public education through family and workplace programs.
About Gary Mendell:
Gary Mendell is the Founder and CEO of Shatterproof. He founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. Mr. Mendell is an experienced businessman and CEO who founded HEI Hotels & Resorts and is the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.
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