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© 2019 by Kat Eberwine-McIntosh

 

P.O. Box 7223

Portsmouth, VA 23707

The Conception of StrongWILL

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.

If you would like to learn more about this- please view our video.

 

The Foundation of StrongWILL Video    

PRESS http://m.suffolknewsherald.com/2016/07/27/woman-hosts-run-to-battle-addiction/

HISTORY

  • APRIL 19, 2016- PASSING OF MY BROTHER OF AN OVERDOSE

  • JULY 9, 2016- PUBLIC LAUNCHING OF FIRST ANNUAL STRONGWILL FUN RUN / WALK

  • SEPTEMBER 18, 2016- BINGO FUNDRAISER FOR STRONGWILL

  • OCTOBER 2, 2016- END OF ONLINE FACEBOOK AUCTION FUNDING WEBSITE

  • OCTOBER 15, 2016- FIRST ANNUAL STRONGWILL FUN RUN / WALK DURING DRIVER DAYS FESTIVAL

  • OCTOBER 21, 2017- 2ND ANNUAL STRONGWILL FUN RUN / WALK

  • NOVEMBER 22, 2016- FILED AND QUALIFIED FOR 501C3 STATUS