Outreach Walk Raises Awareness Of Substance Abuse

outreachlogoOn Saturday, Oct. 8, at Jones Beach, Outreach and the John Brower Jr. Foundation will host the 2nd Annual 5K Walk to raise funds and awareness about substance and alcohol abuse in New York, bringing the community together while walking for a cause.

The event honors the memory of John Brower Jr., who died in 2014 of an opiate overdose at age 25. Proceeds from the walk will support Outreach, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping teens and adults fight drug and alcohol addiction.

The Brower family formed the John Brower Jr. Foundation to heighten awareness about substance abuse and to help raise funds to end the drug epidemic that has had an adverse effect on Long Island. After being introduced to Outreach shortly after their son’s passing, the Browers were impressed by the organization’s dedication to help those struggling with addiction. They decided to target all the group’s fundraising for the agency. To date, the Brower family has donated more than $37,000 to Outreach.

“The Brower family is one of too many Long Island families who have experienced the heartbreak of opiate addiction,” said Kathleen Riddle, president of Outreach. “We join the Browers in their mission to do all we can to raise awareness for teens and young adults so additional families do not have to lose a loved one to substance abuse. The Brower family has been tremendously generous and devoted to the cause. We are enormously thankful for their support.”

“It’s been more than two years since we lost our son,” said John Brower Sr., “but his memory is with us every day as is our determination to continue fighting addiction. We will continue with these walks and our other foundation activities until we see a marked improvement in the heroin and opiate problem that continues to affect our communities.”

To register for the 5K Walk, contact Marsha Radulov at 718-847-9233, ext. 2310, or marsharadulov@opiny.org. Online registration is available at www.johnbrowerjrfoundation.org. Check-in on the morning of the event begins at 9 a.m. at Jones Beach Field #5. The walk begins promptly at 10 a.m. There will be free parking for walk participants.

The following are required for registration: ● $20 registration Fee ● All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult ● Participants must complete and sign a waiver and photo release.

For more than 36 years, Outreach has been a provider of substance abuse treatment in New York City and Long Island. The organization is committed to making a difference in the lives of the people it serves. A nonprofit organization licensed by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and operates in a safe, empowering and affirming environment.

If you or someone you know needs help with a drug or alcohol problem, please contact Outreach at 718-847-9233 or visit opiny.org.

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