Shatterproof’s “Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run” event brought families, friends, and neighbors to
[Chicago – October 8, 2018] - 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 Chicago on October 6 at Soldier Field.
This 1st annual unique event united close to 1,200 people from all over Chicago 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 Chicago 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 over 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 include Gary Mendell; Matt Alberico, Distribution Lead in Midwest Cigna; Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti; Judy Stellato, Shatterproof Ambassador, and Wilmette’s Sandy and Lars Greiner, honorary event co-chairs. Derrick Young, reporter with CBS-2 Chicago, served as the emcee of the event.
National Sponsors included: Alkermes and Pacira – Plan Against Pain (Visionary sponsors); Cigna, Indivior, and United Health Group (Signature sponsors); Choice Hotels, Chubb, Dave & Buster’s, JP Morgan Chase, Kaleo, Lockton, Adapt Pharma – Narcan Nasal Spray, Vineyard Vines, and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (Supporting sponsors).
Local sponsors included: Cigna (Platinum); Hyatt (Gold); Brand Muscle (Silver); Goldman Sachs, and Lakeside Foods Sales Inc. (Copper); and CBS (Media).
The Chicago community raised more than $196,000 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:
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Pier 84 - Hudson River Park, 555 12th Ave
New York, NY
National Capital Area
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Reston Town Center, 1825 Discovery St.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Piedmont Park at The Meadow
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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