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The 4th Annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk will be held on Saturday, August 4th 2018 at the Franklin Fireman’s Pavilion. Last year we had over 400 participants and raised over $30,000 for the Center for Prevention and Counseling to provide treatment and recovery support to those in need. This annual walk which began in 2015, was started to honor two Sussex County men, Eric Burns and George Tizzano, who lost their lives to drug overdoses but also to change the conversation and reduce stigma associated with addiction. Eric’s mother, Mary and George’s mother, Elaine work hard each year to help make this event a great success.

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The Center for Prevention and Counseling is in the business of saving lives! As a sponsor you can be a part of that with a variety of opportunities for your business, organization or company. We welcome your being a part of a movement that is working to reduce the stigma around addiction. Last year over 400 people walked to make a difference. Become a Sponsor



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This year we are excited to bring a team fundraising opportunity to the Changing the Face of Addiction Walk. You can create your very own team to help raise money for the walk. Let friends & family join your team and register to walk or If they can't make it register as a "Virtual Walker". Any team that raises $1,000 or more will be recognized as a Partner at the event and will be included on the Team Banner. You can create a team in memory of someone, to honor someone in recovery or to support the recovery community. Create a Team or view All Teams

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Team Ryan Devito

Team Ryan Devito

$1320
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Why I am Walking?

We are walking to raise awareness for those struggling with the disease of addiction. To help them find treatment and have the resources they need in order to get help. We will walk on August 4, 2018 in Franklin, NJ for our dear friend Ryan DeVito, in collaboration with Garden State Treatment Center. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center of Prevention Counseling (a non profit organization) to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
 

A little bit about Ryan…

Ryan DeVito was raised in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. He was an amazing son to Ellen Geers and Scott DeVito. A 2009 graduate of Jefferson High School, where he excelled on the football field. He was an electrician and a past member of IBEW Local #102. Ryan also worked with his father at DeVito Roofing for several years. He resided in Landing and Lake Hopatcong, NJ before moving to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. two years ago. Ryan enjoyed surfing, weightlifting, snowboarding and boating on Lake Hopatcong but most importantly, Ryan loved spending time with his friends and family.
 
Ryan was one of the most naturally athletic people you will ever come across. Anything that involved a board came so naturally to him. His Sundays most of the time were spent on the beach of Fort Lauderdale with his raft. He was a unique character and his smile was one of a kind. He was an amazing friend and continuously showed up for the people in his life. He was so loved by everyone.
 
Ryan passed away on June 2, 2018 at the age of 27 at his apartment in Fort Lauderdale. It was unexpected to many and devastating due to the fact that Ryan had been doing fantastic for years prior to this.
 
We will continue to hold the memory and love we have for Ryan in our hearts.
 
DEVITO WE LOVE AND MISS YOU!!

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Team Joey Lavin

Team Joey Lavin

$1,025

Why I am Walking?

I am raising money for the Changing the Face of Addiction Walk on August 4th 2018. Everyone knows someone that has struggled with addiction and my family is no different. I am excited to walk and raise money in memory of my brother. Please help me reach my goal for Team Joey Lavin. Everyone deserves a chance for recovery. Donate to Team Joey Lavin

 

A little bit about Joe…

Joe was unusual in that he always wanted help and was willing to accept any treatment recommended to him.  He attended a program at Sunrise House in Lafayette when he was a senior at High Point High School. Joe was always grateful for that experience as he learned so much about himself, his depression and its effect on his childhood and his feelings of loneliness and isolation. Due to his depression, Joe did not feel the love of his family or his friends past the age of the onset of the disorder. His experience at Sunrise House changed that for him and he ultimately formed very close relationships with each member of his family.

 

On March 19, 2010 Joe entered a rehab in Deerfield Beach, Florida. His stay lasted 40 days. When he was informed that he would be discharged on April 26th, Joey was panic-stricken. He did not feel that he was ready to be on his own yet and requested a little more time. That time was not afforded to him as his insurance company would not cover any further in-patient care. Joey was discharged and dropped back at his apartment on the evening of April 26, 2010. By 9 pm on April 27th, Joe had relapsed. He called home the following day requesting advice. As advised, he returned to the rehab seeking assistance. Joe was still extremely intoxicated when he arrived at the rehab center. He was transported to a detox center as his alcohol level was so very high. That evening, he was dropped back home to his apartment. On April 29th, Joe called the rehab and asked if he could sign himself into the 6 month in-patient program. He was willing to give up his job, his apartment, anything to get well. Sadly, he was turned away due to lack of insurance coverage. Joseph Michael Lavin passed away 64 days later on July 2, 2010. The cause of death was determined to be acute alcohol intoxication coupled with the interaction of the consumption of oxycodone tablets. No one wanted help more than Joe yet he was denied the help and care he so desperately needed. Joey’s story is a compelling one that needs to be told in order to effect change for so many others like him!

 

Joe’s life was abruptly cut short but he led a substantive one. All who truly knew Joe would attest to his character. He was the personification of integrity, honesty, and loyalty. He possessed a phenomenal work ethic. His family was awed by the response to Joe’s passing by all who loved him here in New Jersey.  If you were fortunate enough to be his friend, you knew you had found a “true” one.

 

Addiction is a very treatable disease and every person who seeks to be well, deserves the opportunity to obtain treatment.

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Team Jeremy

Team Jeremy

$995
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Why I Walk

I walk to spread awareness in memory of my Son Jeremy who lost his battle on June 5, 2017 with co-occurring disorders of Bipolar and addiction We need a cultural shift in understanding Addiction. Most addiction begins with attempts to relieve physical or psychic pain and doesn’t take long to change the structure of the brain and become a disease in itself.

 

A Little Bit About Jeremy

Jeremy was a special son, brother, uncle, nephew, grandson and friend. Loved by all. He was funny, kind, and thoughtful. He had not found a medicine without side effects to manage his bipolar. He thought he had found his answer but it didn’t take long for his life to be taken away by fentanyl toxicity. Since dealers have been passing off fentanyl for other drugs deaths have tripled. Youth need to be aware of this increase in danger.
 

My Team

George & Connie Stout
Love You Guys!
 
Christa and Bo Schulz
In loving memory of our dear nephew, Jeremy, who left us much too soon. We miss him every day and hope other families will never feel this loss.
 
Nancy Baglio
In loving memory of Jeremy.
 
The Lorenzen Family
Sending love!
 
Nancy Melamed
 
Kara vincelli
 
Linda Pumphrey
 
Dianne and Tommy Feaser
 
Cindy and Lisa Barr
 
Bea Lewis
For Jeremy
 
Antonette Paccione
 
Debbie Gegeckas
I walk for all the friends and family I know that deal with this issue daily.
 
Debbie Zimmer
For Jeremy
 
Janet and Roger Ricat
In memory of Jeremy LeDuc with love??????
 
Kevin Gulick
I walk for my brother Jeremy. He was an amazing person who we miss every day. I want to help in raising awareness so no other family has to suffer from this disease of addiction
 
Jaehnel Leduc
I walk for my brother Jeremy. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him and miss his contagious laughter. Together we can raise awareness for this disease that took him too soon
 
Renate Leduc

Team Wynne

Team Wynne

$710

 

In memory of our son Christopher Wynne

The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.

Thank you for your support and donation!

Terence & Kristin Wynne

Team Kulsar

Team Kulsar

$435

Why I am Walking?

I have been inspired by many individuals to raise money for this wonderful cause. I walk in memory of many who have lost their lives to this horrible disease. My dear friend Elaine lost her son George Tizzano and formed this wonderful fundraiser with the help of “The Center” to raise awareness in his memory and others to change the face of addiction.

 

I have a daughter who’s life has been altered and severely affected by this horrible disease since she is 14 years old. She is now serving time in prison with a 7 year sentence for committing a crime due to her drug addiction while chasing her next high. She has 1.5 years left and hopefully with the help of this wonderful organization she will be able to come out and find her place sober and clean and able to help others.

 

Please help me raise money for this organization to save and change the lives and stigma of addition.

Team Tizzano

Team Tizzano

$435

 

JOIN MY TEAM!

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. My Son George is one of the young men who lost his struggle. October 19, 2014 changed our lives forever. My family and I wanted to do something positive to something so horrific.

The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.

Team Danny Thomas

Team Danny Thomas

$410

JOIN MY TEAM!

My name is Danny Thomas and I am an alcoholic. I am an ACOA, an adult child of alcoholic parents who desires to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. I am a father to a beautiful and amazing baby boy named Ciro, who will be 2 years of age on 06-14-2018.

i have worked in the Social & Human services for over 16 years, providing the needed therapeutic supports to patients, groups, and families. I was passionate to help others, unfortunately, the person that needed the most help was me. I finally asked for help, the true “First Step” for me, and as of 03-05-2108, I am on my road of recovering.

I am finally Drunk On Sobriety and SOBER AF !!!

Team Heath-Wallace

Team Heath-Wallace

$235

Join Team Heath-Wallace!

The 4th Annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk is on Saturday, August 4, 2018 in Franklin. I am excited to be able to recruit walkers and donors to support my team! Please read on to learn more!

– Rachel

Why am I Walking?

Many of you know I work in the field of addiction and recovery. I witness the devastation of addiction on a daily basis. There is a ripple effect that creates pain for many people involved, including family, friends, children, and the individual diagnosed with a substance use disorder. What I also know is that there is HOPE in recovery, and healing IS POSSIBLE for all! I have witnessed this first hand in my personal life, and I see transformation happen on a daily basis in my professional life. We need more funding to provide support to those afflicted and affected by addiction.

Team Vernon Coalition

Team Vernon Coalition

$205
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JOIN TEAM VERNON COALITION!

People who struggle with substance use disorders are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends.  However, PEOPLE CAN RECOVER! Everyone deserves the chance to treatment & recovery services to regain control of their lives.

The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. 100% of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.

We invite you to JOIN TEAM VERNON COALITION and add YOUR spirit and support to this cause that impacts us all!

Team Johnson

Team Johnson

$170

Why I am Walking?

In recent years I have become more involved in my community in raising awareness that Recovery is Real.   When people are provided with correct resources and availability to care we can save lives and provide people with the tools that are necessary to be successful in long term recovery.  I know this first hand having a family member who recently celebrated four years of being drug free and is now living a very happy and productive life.

 

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction.   I have had the privilege and honor to work side by side with these young men’s mothers to raise awareness in our community.   Their hearts may be broken, but their bravery to share their story and their spirit to try to prevent other families from having to live with the pain they both are is nothing less then commendable.

 

The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.

 

In closing, thank you for your support and helping to make a difference!

 

Why Walk?


People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) is hosting a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.

Changing the Face of Addiction will be held on August 4th 2018. The event will included a one and a half mile walk, speakers, refreshments, music and local resources.


*All donations are 100% tax deductible. The Center for Prevention and Counseling is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency

Our Goal $40,000


$14,97538%