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Prestera Center holds 5K run and walk for addiction recovery month

Sep. 28, 2008 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Alex Grady has been staying in one of Prestera Center's addiction recovery residences for the past two months. The 24-year-old Charleston native said he realized he had to get his life back on track.

"I got into some things, and now I'm trying to get help, to get a fresh start," he said.

As part of his recovery to a healthier and clean life, Grady participated in Prestera Center's 5K Run and Walk Saturday morning at Ritter Park. The event, a first for the center, was held to raise awareness for National Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Month.

"We wanted something to celebrate recovery month," said Director of Development Tim Morris. "The biggest thing is awareness that recovery is possible in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle."

The event was held in honor of Tara Rose, who died of an overdose last December. The 21-year-old left behind a young child, but now her sister is in recovery and doing well.

The money raised from the event will help addiction recovery programs, Morris said.

Like the one Grady said is helping him stay clean and provide a new vision for his life.

"(Addiction) takes a lot from you, and it takes a lot to get it back," Grady said. "But it gives you a lot of hope seeing all these people out here for a good cause."

The event drew 69 walkers, including 37 runners, led by 53-year-old Hurricane resident Fred Jones, who finished the 5K with a time of 18:47. Prestera Center employee and Milton resident Wendy Hooten led all women with a time of 22:35. Ten Prestera clients also participated.



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