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

[NEW YORK – October 16, 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 New York City on Sunday, October 14 at Pier 84.


This 2nd annual event united close to 3,000 people from all over the tri-state area 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 New York City 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 several 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; Jessica Bruce, COO, NY/NJ Market at Cigna; Caroline Dixon, Shatterproof Ambassador; and Dr. Gregory Greco, Chairman of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center. David Price, WNBC-TV Weathercaster, served as the emcee of the event.  “Together, we are going to spread a message well beyond the boundaries of this city and well beyond the boundaries of these 50 states that we can do better and we demand better!” Price told the crowd.


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


Local sponsors included: Cigna (Platinum); Maltese Capital Management (Gold); Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Coherence Capital Partners, Delta Galil, Family of Brian Mendell, Goldman Sachs, Rosemawr Management LLC (Silver); Acutis Diagnostics, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, RevolverCap, and Royalty Pharma (Bronze); HG Vora Capital Management; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Fromm LLP  (Copper); and APX (Media). 


The New York City community raised nearly $700,000 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:


National Capital Area

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Reston Town Center, 1825 Discovery St.

Reston, VA



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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