For those of you who have been following my journey around the globe you know my last of seven worldwide marathons is quickly approaching (March 9, 2009). As we prepare to enter a new year, filled with a united sense of hope and exciting possibilities, I would like to take pause and express my gratitude for your generous support and encouragement.
2008 has been one of the most amazing years of my life. I am proud and grateful for what we have accomplished since the launch of Run7on7 just eight months ago. Through your support we have been able to raise over $240,000 dollars for Caron Treatment Centers – the same treatment community that helped my stepdaughter Katherine overcome her addiction. While my goal has always been to raise one million dollars, I want everyone to understand how incredibly significant this current total is. Dollar-for-dollar, your donations will put 20 people through Caron’s innovative care. That is 20 people who will now be able to receive treatment for the life-threatening disease of addiction. People who, without Caron’s support, may have given up or battled it alone. I cannot stress how instrumental Caron’s network was in helping, not only Katherine, but our entire family through her difficult road to recovery. The disease of addiction is not something you want to treat on your own. The scholarship fund you have or are considering to donate to is making a difference.
My story has gained tremendous momentum in the press during a year filled with historical events. In 2008 we watched Michael Phelps break an Olympic record while the nation voted for it’s first black Presidential candidate. We also entered an economic recession that is affecting the entire world. I believe we’ve made headlines during these extraordinary times because the disease of addiction affects so many individuals and families.
Help me continue this great impetus by telling everyone you know to make a donation to Run7on7.com this holiday season. I understand we’re asking for donations during an extremely difficult time but remember, it’s during tough economic times that many people turn to drugs and alcohol.
From all of us at Run7on7, have a great holiday and a happy New Year.