Shatterproof’s final “Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run” event of the year brought families, friends

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 with its final 5K Walk/Run of 2018 in Dallas on November 17 at the Continental Bridge Gateway Plaza.

 

This unique event united close to 1,500 people from all over Dallas and surrounding communities to help transform addiction 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 Dallas 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 21 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 Angela Sturgis, President of The Friends of the 24, a group that volunteers to help people in recovery; Helen Thompson, Shatterproof Ambassador; and Gary Mendell, founder and CEO of Shatterproof.  The program emcee was Steve Pickett of CBS 11.

 

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, Mariner Wealth Advisors, Vineyard Vines, Tortoise, and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (Supporting sponsors).

 

Local sponsors included: Morgan Stanley Wealth Management The Davis/Yost Group (Gold), BrandMuscle (Silver), CBS (Media), PepsiCo (In-Kind).

 

The Dallas community raised nearly $180,000 for the Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run event, which works 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.

 

 

For more information about the 2018 Walk/Run events click here.

 

The 2019 Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run events will be announced in a few weeks.

 

About Shatterproof:

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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