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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
"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
email@example.com. Individuals can register online at
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
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