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#Shatterproof5KDC!

These shoes are made for walking (a 5K)
...and that's just what we'll do
(onSaturday morning)!

For the third year in a row, I'm proud to join forces with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit dedicated to fighting addiction and the stigma that surrounds it through grassroots fundraising efforts. In 2015, I was the 2nd top donor in Washington DC for the Shatterproof Rappelling Challenge and I had the most individual donors out of all participants. In 2016, I saw the other side of the event via volunteering. And now, in 2017, I'm excited to walk with my close friend Amy and her mother as well as thousands of other recovery advocates - people in long term recovery, people who have sadly lost loved ones, people who are changing the world through sharing their stories through a unified voice that recovery is possible.

Here I am with Amy Waldrup, team captain and one of my best friends in the world. She is an amazing recovery advocate and I'm proud to partner up with her! On Friday AM, we'll be making our morning show debut on ABC7's Good Morning, Washington. Hell yes. #recoveroutloud #soberAF.

Here I am with Amy Waldrup, team captain and one of my best friends in the world. She is an amazing recovery advocate and I'm proud to partner up with her! On Friday AM, we'll be making our morning show debut on ABC7's Good Morning, Washington. Hell yes. #recoveroutloud #soberAF.


Our live TV debut where Amy and I talk all things Shatterproof, addiction, and of course, #recovery. 

 

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Q: Where do donations go?

A: Toward stigma reduction, ambassador training, community outreach, advocating for change, evidence-based resources, and lifesaving legislation.


What: Shatterproof's Rise up Against Addiction 5K Run/Walk

Where: The Catholic University of America

 
 
 

*ParkingClick here
**5K Route MapClick here

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Event Schedule
8 AM—Site opens
9 AM—Program begins
9:30 AM—5K begins
Note: 5K Runners will start the race, followed by 5K walkers.

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Why: Because 1 in 10 Americans with addiction actually receive treatment. Because 1 in 3 families in the USA are touched by addiction. Because shame and stigma can kill - and we can stop that cycle by sharing our stories loudly! Because we can't keep losing our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, children. Because I celebrated 10 years of long term recovery and continuous sobriety on July 14, 2017.

Because We Are Shatterproof:
Stronger Than Addiction! 


Event day details - from volunteer/participant/supporter logistics to info on memorial gallery, celebration of recovery, community village - and all the FAQs you could possibly need can be found HERE.


If you made it this far, thank you so much!
Once again, you can donate to our team efforts by clicking the button below. 

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#IAMSHATTERPROOF (pt. 1)

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.  

That's us.  Just hanging out pre-rappel;)

That's us.  Just hanging out pre-rappel;)

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 ;)

IRL donors:

Mama and Papa
Whitney
Whitney's mom
Dana, top donor and new friend!
Gwen, breast cancer crusader and friend of my late Aunt Jane
Sarah, BFF
My cousins Melanie and Lisa
Aunt Linda
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:

@KLENandSOBR
@djfmdotcom
@danthestoryman
@annabdavid
@nlcarr
Karen from @narconon
@peterg323
@ivanagrahovac1
@28daysmore
@virtuallynadine
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.

Love,
Laura