Walking for Heroes Against Drug Use and Addiction Stigma

Mayor Goodlett, Alla Case Welch, and State Rep Tipton

Damp weather and overcast skies in Lawrenceburg did not stop people from near and far from joining together in support of the local “Walk for HEROES” held this past Saturday morning.  Over 100 people from Lawrenceburg and communities as far away as Corbin, Frankfort and Louisville united together under threatening skies to fight drug use in Anderson County and participated in the two-hour walk.

Hosting the community event in the Legion Park was the Lawrenceburg/Anderson County HEROES (Helping Educate-Reaching Out-End Stigma).  The new organization, led by Sherry Walker, is doing extraordinary work to break the stigma of addiction, while helping educate others about addiction devastation for addicts and their families, through action of reaching out to people in the community.  The organization is also taking action with support recovery for those in addiction and their families.

Many heart felt stories were shared among the walk participants about personal loss and recovery by those who know and love recovering addicts and who have lost loved ones to drugs. These stories provided power and inspiration for continuing the fight against the drug epidemic. The people who shared their stories on Saturday are most closely connected to the important and serious issue of drug use and abuse in communities.  They unashamedly stepped out to walk and talk about their personal and family experiences to help break the stigma of drug addiction by being heroes themselves.

In addition to individuals who participated in the walk in memory of loved ones lost to drug use and in honor of those fighting the battle of drug addiction, the community event was supported by representatives of several anti-drug organizations that had representatives on site during the event. C.H.A.D. (Choosing Him Above Drugs) members gave personal testimonies about their drug addictions and recoveries with event attendees on a one-on-one basis during Walk for HEROES.  PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones), a local organization that works to give hope, education, and support to parents and other family members of drug addicts, assisted with set-up and helped lead the event.  SOS (Saving Our Students) of Anderson County ASAP (Agency for Substance Abuse Policy) walked in support of Anderson County citizens, who are grieving the loss of family members and friends from overdosing on drugs.

Elected officials also attended the walk in support of the work being done locally to raise awareness of drug addiction and eliminate the stigma associated with it, including State Representative James A. Tipton, Mayor Robert “Sandy” Goodlett, and Lawrenceburg City Councilman Paul Thomas “Tommy” Vaughn.

-Written by Donna Crain Drury, Photos by Brenda Crain Cummins

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