Back in the 1950’s and 60’s, breast cancer was a term that was whispered, not spoken. Today, its nothing to see 20,000 people or more walking through the streets in support of breast cancer research. Because of that, there is greater awareness, there are more funds that are raised for research, all helping to find a cure for this insidious disease.
Today, alcoholism and addiction are in the same boat that breast cancer was in 40 years ago. People often make reference to the black sheep family member or employee with a “problem”. How do we get the status of the disease of addiction elevated on a social level in order to overcome the negative stigma associated with it?
Last year, for the first time, 5000 marchers braved stormy skies and crossed the Brooklyn Bridge under the sponsorship of the A&E Network’s Recovery Project, in order to put a positive face on what Recovery looks like. When we at InTheRooms.com heard about this, we asked if there was any event like this taking place in South Florida. We were told that no one had stepped up to the plate as of yet.
On September 12, 2009, in Bicentennial Park in Miami, FL, InTheRooms.com and Informed Families will make the first attempt in South Florida to counter the stigma of alcoholism and addiction that plagues not only those in Recovery, but the entire community as well. This is going to be a spectacular event. The day begins with a 5K walk, to be followed by an all day festival and concert, featuring Richie Supa of Aerosmith fame, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Legend Eric Burdon and The Animals. All funds raised go to prevention, awareness, and education for the Recovery community, to show that Recovery is an asset, not a liability. Registration for the walk requires a donation of $9 per walker and includes admission to the festival and concert; those who wish to only attend the concert are asked to donate $20.
We do not wish to be viewed any longer as the guy in the park drinking out of the paper bag, or the person living under the bridge begging for change. We are young and old; we are male and female, we are your family, friends, neighbors, teachers, doctors, lawyers. We are all recovering from a disease that is chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal; yet we are productive members of society, we are good, decent, spiritually healthy people who know there is a solution to living life clean and sober. Just like those marching for breast cancer awareness, we too are survivors. This is not a cause, this is a movement!
Please join us September 12 for this revolutionary event, and if you can’t make it down to Miami, you can still make a tax deductible donation at www.rallyforrecovery.org in order to enable someone else to walk in your place.