Thank you to everyone who attended the 13th Annual Run for Your Life on Saturday, September 15th!
More than 1,000 people came out to Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island to show their support for men and women in treatment for substance use and mental health disorders. WPIX reporter James Ford emceed the event, keeping the crowd energized and even taking a few Zumba lessons himself. He had a “fabulous time hosting Odyssey House’s Run for Your Life. What a great organization, helping thousands recovery from substance abuse.”
NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez couldn’t be at the event, but she sent Edison Alban, director of public information and communications, with a message to the attendees, particularly those in recovery: “Your journey is not easy. Remember that you provide an inspiring example that recovery is possible. Your presence here is very meaningful and motivational. Together we’ll continue to make a difference to the lives of people in recovery across the city and the state. Thank you all for your attendance.”
Also key to making the day a big success were teams of runners and supporters from New York’s treatment community, corporate sponsors, and volunteer agencies. John Tavolacci, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Odyssey House, thanked them all their support, particularly our Titanium Sponsors ChemRx and East Coast Energy Group for their commitment to recovery programs.