The Conception of StrongWILL
APRIL 19, 2016- PASSING OF MY BROTHER OF AN OVERDOSE
JULY 9, 2016- PUBLIC LAUNCHING OF FIRST ANNUAL STRONGWILL FUN RUN / WALK
OCTOBER 15, 2016- FIRST ANNUAL STRONGWILL FUN RUN / WALK DURING DRIVER DAYS FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 22, 2016- FILED AND QUALIFIED FOR 501C3 STATUS
From April Brooks, President of StrongWILL
Everyone has a cause that is important to them, a cause that speaks to their heart. I cannot expect others to take my passion towards addiction awareness, recovery, and support as seriously as myself, but I can certainly ask for their support in my efforts to make a difference. In April 2016, I found my brother, William West, after an overdose from heroin. In my grief, I tried to learn everything I could about heroin, addiction, and resources for those who are struggling. To my surprise, I could not find much around here. Once I learned what an epidemic not only heroin, but substance abuse in general is, I knew I wanted to take action. I wanted to be the change I want to see in the world. I wanted to raise money for those that need it, I wanted to start the stepping stones to end the stigma associated with addiction. I wanted to raise awareness for addiction; aid in resources for recovery; and help bring support to those who are affected and to those who are helping the affected individuals. This brought me to the create this fun run/walk and ultimately to create this 501c3 organization. We cannot give up on the crisis. If I can save one person from a deadly fate, save one little girl from growing up without their father or mother, save one parent from the horrific pain of having to bury their child- than my efforts are justified. Thank you for supporting my cause and for believing in my efforts.
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