National Organization Hosts 20 Rappelling Events Nationwide in 2014

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 6, 2014 at 9:21 a.m.



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Shatterproof Challenge To Raise Awareness Of Addiction

NORWALK, Conn., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shatterproof,

a national organization committed to protecting children from

developing addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma

and suffering of those affected by this disease, announced today the

launch of a 20-city campaign to increase awareness and resources to

fight the disease of addiction. The Shatterproof Challenge is a

series of rappelling events across the country that provides an

opportunity for people of all ages to challenge themselves and raise

money for a much-needed and neglected cause.

"The Shatterproof Challenge brings people together to conquer their

fears by rappelling for the cause of addiction," said Gary Mendell,

founder and CEO of Shatterproof. "These events allow families and

friends to say to the 22 million Americans who struggle with addiction

every day - 'We care about you.'"

The first event in 2014 will kick-off in Pasadena at the

Westin-Pasadena on March 12th followed by Ft. Worth, Dallas, Milwaukee

and many more cities across the nation. A full list of cities and

registration is available at

https://secure.shatterproof.org/page/content/fundraising-events.

"It's time to say enough - enough suffering and loss to addiction,"

noted Mendell. "In the United States addiction claims more than

135,000 lives every year. Shatterproof is working to help address this

national health crisis and stop the cycle of addiction."

The Shatterproof Challenge is supporting key addiction policy

initiatives at the federal and state levels and educating Americans

through events, public service announcements and digital and social

media. Corporations and employers can learn more about ways to support

the Shatterproof Challenge by contacting Ann Herbst at

aherbst@shatterproof.org. Individuals can register online at

https://secure.shatterproof.org/page/content/fundraising-events.

About Shatterproof Shatterproof is a national organization committed

to protecting children from developing addiction to alcohol or other

drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this

disease. In the U.S. alone, addiction to alcohol and other drugs

claims more than 135,000 lives every year - 370 people every day, 15

every hour. A well-funded, large-scale movement can alter the course

of this disease and save countless lives. It has worked for cancer,

heart disease and diabetes. And it can work for addiction by bridging

serious gaps in funding and resources. Gary Mendell, a member of the

Clinton Global Initiative, founded Shatterproof to educate, empower

and equip families, educators, health care providers, legislators and

others to address addiction on a national scale. His son, Brian,

passed away at the age of 25 after struggling with addiction for

nearly ten years.

For more information about Shatterproof, please visit

www.shatterproof.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

@ShatterproofHQ.

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