This past Saturday, Nathan, myself and a handful of his family did the Not One More 5K Walk/Run in honor of his sister Victoria.
As mentioned in a previous blog, Victoria lost her turbulent battle with heroin in mid-March.
Not One More is an organization that aims to helps addicts and their families alike. They offer support, education and help to those who don't have the means to help themselves. The epidemic is real and the impact showed at Saturday's walk: last year they had about 150 participants...this year, over 600.
The funds raised by this walk are to help their efforts in continuing to give "Hope For The Hopeless" ( our team name )
It was definitely a humbling experience; to see that each person walking was most likely affected personally by heroin--be it their own struggle or a loved ones. Of course you always see those "5K Addicts" who simply do them to run, but they still pay the registration fee and that still helps the cause.
Adrianna stayed by my side the entire time, which made it a bit more bearable. My goal was to train for this 5K and try to run the entire thing. But then the Haley fiasco happened and I was diagnosed with pleurisy so...training never happened. But us ladies hit the finish line around 43:45 so...I'll take it! We still ran some of it, so I didn't walk it all. But I definitely plan to train for another in hopes of running a majority of it.
|My partner for the run|
|My handsome boyfriend ran more than I did!|
|Nate's brother, his wife and the kiddos|
|Baby Valentina earned her medal!|
|Hope For The Hopeless/Team Victoria|
Tread with love and understanding...we all co-habitat this Earth together. Even the littlest of contributions can make a world of difference to someone suffering by any means...