5K Walk Tackles Substance Abuse

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The Brower Family in December 2013. From left: John, Jr., Jody, John, Sr., Kristen and Robert.

By Brianna Ciniglio

The Brower Family in December 2013. From left: John, Jr., Jody, John, Sr., Kristen and Robert.
The Brower Family in December 2013. From left: John, Jr., Jody, John, Sr., Kristen and Robert.

Outreach and The John Brower, Jr. Foundation are holding their first annual 5K Walk at Jones Beach State Park on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m., to raise funds and awareness for substance abuse on Long Island.

The event is in honor of John Brower Jr., who died of an opiate addiction in 2014 at the age of 25. His family, who organized the walk, formed their foundation to help young adults overcome drug dependency and to prevent future drug abuse.

“After losing John, we felt it was imperative to bring awareness to this issue,” said John Brower, Sr. “We don’t want another family to experience the heartbreak we went through.”

After being introduced to Outreach, a metro New York agency that works to help teens and adults fight drug and alcohol addictions, the Brower family decided that they would fundraise for the agency.

Currently, they have donated more than $16,000 for Outreach and have committed to raising even more money. The proceeds from the 5K Walk will be used for expansion and enhancement of drug and alcohol treatment, as well as for training services at Outreach.

“The Brower story is one we’ve unfortunately lived too often,” said Kathleen Riddle, president of Outreach. “We, as a community, need to do all we can so no other lives are lost. We are incredibly grateful to the Brower family for their dedication
and generosity.”

To register for the 5K Walk, which will take place on Jones Beach Field no. 5, contact Marsha Radulov email at marsharadulov@opiny.org or call 718-847-9233. Register online at www.johnbrowerjrfoundation.org or at the field at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. The registration fee is $20 and an adult must accompany all children under the age of 18.

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