Shatterproof’s “Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run” event brought families, friends, and neighbors to

[NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA – October 22, 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 the National Capital Area on October 20 at Reston Town Center.


This 2nd annual unique event united over 1,300 people from all over the National Capital Area 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 National Capital Area 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. 


The Shatterproof 5K Walk/Run event also featured a Kids Zone, sponsored by Metro Offices, which included a face painter, balloon artists, and glitter tattoos; as well as a Salute to Heroes area, sponsored by CACI International, which included a tent and complimentary breakfast for service members and first responders.


Speakers included Shatterproof founder & CEO, Gary Mendell, Attorney General of Virginia, Mark Herring, Dr. Martin Rosenzweig, Behavioral Chief Medical Officer, Optum, Nick Reuter, Director of Treatment and Health Policy for Indivior. The program emcee was Gale Ott, Shatterproof Ambassador and Mrs. Loudoun County.


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: Indivior, Team Faktorow, and UnitedHealth Group (Platinum); JBG Smith (Gold); CBRE (Silver); Atlantic Realty, Carr Properties, Clyde’s Restaurant Group, Inova, and The Meridian Group, (Bronze); Fairfax Oral Surgery  (Copper); Metro Offices (Kids Zone); CACI (Salute to Heroes); Washingtonian (Exclusive Magazine); Clyde Group (In-Kind); DJ Dave (In-Kind); DMV Weather (In-Kind); and iHeartMedia (In-Kind).


The National Capital Area community raised $330K 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 3, 2018

Piedmont Park at The Meadow

Atlanta, GA


Orange County

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Irvine Spectrum

300 Spectrum Center Drive

Irvine, CA



Saturday, November 17, 2018

Continental Bridge Gateway Plaza

Dallas, TX


For more information or to register for one of Shatterproof’s Rise Up Against Addiction events, click here.


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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