South Florida Heroes 6k
April 27, 2013
Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road
Coconut Creek, FL
About the Race
A unique 6k run/walk with Accuchip Timing. Awards presented to top three male and female overall and age group winners. Award ceremony will be followed by a free raffle with great prizes, activities, food for the whole family and live music.
The charity beneficiary for this race is Mount Bethel Human Services. Mount Bethel Human Services is a 501c3, faith based organization that was founded in 1993, due to the over representation of minorities in the juvenile justice system. Since their first program, Teen Alliance with Clergy(TAC), they have addressed issues that have been detrimental to the family unit. Today they provide services that are designed to empower families instead of enabling them.
Motivation for the Event
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 22 million people needed substance abuse treatment last year and did not receive it. 10 million Americans did not receive needed mental health care. The stigma associated with substance abuse and mental health disorders creates a significant barrier to individuals and families seeking help.
Foundations Recovery Network (FRN) has ignited a grassroots movement called “Heroes in Recovery” to celebrate the heroic efforts of individuals, families, healthcare professionals and institutions in fostering a society where people can seek the help they need without feeling ashamed or isolated. It intends to remove the social stigma associated with people who are “in recovery,” to recognize the heroic effort it takes to overcome the obstacles in seeking help, and to celebrate the act of preventing the past from kidnapping the future. While the movement initially focuses on persons recovering from addictive behavior, it is meant also to recognize heroes recovering from many other types of disorders and trauma that can feed or manifest from an addiction.
Much like similar movements for Cancer Research or AIDS Awareness, it’s important for the public to understand, embrace, and encourage people who are finding a way to thrive within their own circumstances and live the lives that they desire and deserve.