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

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 Orange County on November 10 at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

 

This unique event united close to 1,300 people from all over Orange County 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 Orange County 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 Dr. Brian Hurley, general psychiatrist at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Dr. Nirav Amin, orthopedic surgeon at Premiere Orthopedic Trauma Specialists PMC; Vicki Clements, Cigna’s Chief Operating Officer of the Southern California and Nevada market’s Delivery Service Alliances; Tracy Friedmann, Shatterproof Ambassador; and Gary Mendell, founder and CEO of Shatterproof.  The program emcee was Shatterproof Chief Marketing Officer, Shannon Hartley. The crowd was also treated to a performance by the singer WESLEY.

 

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, and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (Supporting sponsors).

 

Local sponsors included: Cigna (Platinum), The Irvine Company (Gold), Avanos (Silver), KPMG (Bronze), and Target and Wahoo’s (In-Kind).

 

The Orange County community raised nearly $175,000 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.

 

There is one remaining 2018 Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run Event:

 

Dallas

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Continental Bridge Gateway Plaza

Dallas, TX

 

For more information 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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