On July 23, 2018, I set out on the road with nothing more than a tent, sleeping bag, some clothes and food. Everything I need to survive. I had it all packed up in a baby carriage I called "Baby Blue". I decided to walk. Not just any walk. A long distance walk over 2,500 miles from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida. On June 14, 2015, I lost a brother from a heroin overdose. Right before setting out on this journey, I found myself at the age of 26, battling with the loss of my brother and my own addiction. I was detoxing on a couch just weeks before walking. I was hopeless, desperate and completely lost. Originally, this journey was to start a new life. To live my best life. To leave my past behind and start a new beginning. To grow and find strength in myself. Most importantly, to live everyday embracing and appreciating every moment in this one life I have. With all of that being said, I found a purpose greater than myself in giving hope to anyone I cross paths with and spreading awareness of the opioid epidemic. In 2017, over 72,000 lives were lost due to overdose. I will be ending in Key West, Florida sometime in February and if I can just help one person along the way with every step it will be worth it. If you are reading this and you have been affected by addiction, I welcome you to be a part of this journey that offers nothing more than hope, love and support. Through the ECODA walk, let's end the stigma on addiction and come together as a country to find light in such a dark time.
In The News
Spring Lake Heights native walks the East Coast in battle against opioid addiction (News 12 NJ)
This woman is fighting addiction by walking 2,575 miles to Key West (Palm Beach Post)
How to Help
The money that we raise will be used to help with the expenses on this walk. These expenses include things like the occasional hotel, food, gear, and other things that will help keep the team healthy. The money that isn't spent will be donated to a nonprofit organization called Freedom to Grow.
Pair spreads addiction, overdose awareness during Florida to Maine walk (News 12 CT)
Walking Across The East Coast To Spread Opioid Addiction Awareness (Lake Worther)
Spring Lake native, a recovering addict walking from Maine to Key West, is walking the Jersey Shore this weekend (More Monmouth Musings)
All of the money that is raised during this walk
will go to Freedom to Grow, Inc.