Wow, you guys.
I was *the* #2 fundraiser in all of Washington, D.C. With YOUR help, I raised $2,001! Kind of a perfect number, actually--HS graduating class of 2001, baby! I had the most donors out of all participants (36) and helped shatter the stigma of addiction on Friday, September 25 in Washington, D.C. as I rappelled off Lafayette Tower. This is something I hope to continue doing every day (um, shattering the stigma, not rapelling off 12 story buildings. Just sayin ;)
Recovery is possible. It's amazing! And it's real.
None of this would have happened had it not been for the bravery of Gary Mendell, founder of Shatterproof. Gary's son Brian lost his battle with addiction on October 20, 2011. Something that would truly shatter most parents, friends, siblings, spouses instead took on a transformation--tragedy turned into hope. I am so honored to now be a part of the Shatterproof family and to have met the man himself.
And yep, that's a nifty GoPro camera mounted on my helmet. There's video! In my adrenaline fear/excitement and just general OMG-ness, I totally forgot to thank someone who's been a wonderful and amazing presence in my life the past 1.5 years: my BF, Whitney. Thank you for all your support and love, W <3.
In no particular order, I'm going to thank my donors. Cuz, you know, I do what I want ;)
Mama and Papa
Dana, top donor and new friend!
Gwen, breast cancer crusader and friend of my late Aunt Jane
My cousins Melanie and Lisa
Stacy and Tim, gym buddies
The Dr. Cocolis Fam
2nd Cousin Jeff
Jill, my 9th grade science teacher
Jen and Jenny, HS friends
Jackie, Avon 39 BFF
Krystal, Karen, Jenn, and Scott--former colleagues
And now, from the #RecoveryFriendlyWeb:
Karen from @narconon
Matt from @therealedition
Mike Smith from @surrenderfriday
MOI aka @wearesober (of course I donated to such a great cause!)
Stay tuned for pt. 2...photos of me and my Mama, video of the descent, and more.