In October of last year I became a member of The Herren Project RUNS. I learned of The Herren Project through a friend of mine, Pam Rickard. Pam is the organizer of the fundraising and running campaign. She has also been sober for 10 years.
(Please click on the link above for information regarding The Herren Project)
I have dedicated my 2016 running season to raising funds for The Herren Project.
It’s interesting: through running, especially ultrarunning, I have met so many other addicts. We share more than one common bond. We share joy in sobriety. Oh, such joy.
I have this strong nudging inside of me, drawing me toward this project where I can combine my sobriety, faith and running. I want to help others who are struggling with addiction. At times it is difficult when I am nudged out of my comfort zone. Talking about my faith, addiction and running doesn’t always come easy…stepping out isn’t something that comes naturally for me. I know that when I am led out of my comfort zone the end result is always joy, gratitude and grace. Always.
A few days ago I realized that I will celebrate a number of milestones on September 9. I will have been sober for 20 years. TWENTY YEARS!! I will be finishing my 4th Superior 100 finish and my 20th 100 mile finish. Great cause for celebration!
OK, The Herren Project. I’ll tell you about it.
The Herren Project provides:
- Treatment Navigation (for individuals and families...many of the families we've helped are actually running with us!)
- Mentoring and Recovery Coaching after treatment is completed; scholarships to clinics and camps for kids
- Preventative Education, and support of more than 400 student-led Project Purple sites across the country.
- Scholarships when a need is demonstrated. assistance to many in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety through treatment navigation, educational programs and mentoring resources.
I created one post on my FaceBook page a few months ago about The Herren Project and received $420 in donations!! I thank you so very, very much. YOU can donate to this project via my link, here:
We can make a difference together! I just know it.Thank you.