LAKEMORE The pounding sounds of runners' feet hitting the pavement was heard throughout Lakemore early in the morning on May 12, and plenty of residents came out of their homes to witness the more than 700 walkers and runners that traveled throughout the village for the Run for Recovery.
The event included a 5K and 10K run and a one-mile memorial walk to benefit Restore Addiction Recovery and Hope United. Both are set offer a holistic addiction recovery for the body, mind and soul. The goal is to restore people back into a hopeful community. Plans are in place to construct recovery and relapse prevention wellness centers on Sanitarium Road in the village on a portion of the site that was Edwin Shaw Hospital.
The event kicked off with the memorial walk as walkers began at Lakemore Plaza and passed through the future sites of Restore Addiction Recovery and Hope United. Different colored shirts were worn to distinguish the participants. The memorial walkers wore black to remember loved ones lost to addiction and the 5K and 10K runners had a color choice of T-shirts: black recognizing a memorium, white recognizing those who are in recovery and light blue as an addiction awareness color.
The final loop took walkers and runners to Springfield Lake where family and friends cheered them on.
After racers crossed the finish line, Jimmy’s Backyard BBQ and Chick-fil-A provided breakfast for the participants. An award ceremony followed honoring the top three runners in each age category.
Shelly Bornstein, executive director of HOPE United, said it wanted to share their vision of bringing education and support to families that have lost somebody or has someone recovering.
"We are trying to start up some programing for kids that have been affected," Bornstein said.
She said their main goal is to build Tyler’s Redemption Place, which will be a rehab, prevention and wellness center. It is a place to go after receiving treatment and will offer programing and community and a place to offer mind, body, spirit and bringing people into wellness through a community of people. It will be a 17,000 square foot building.
The Bornstein’s (Shelly and Travis) put everything into the proposed building that they believe their son, Tyler, didn’t get and what he would have needed to find healing. Tyler had two surgeries, one at age 11 and one at age 18, and became addicted to opiates and eventually heroin. On Sept. 28, 2014, he was in the process of overdosing when the person that was with him, instead of calling 911, dumped him and left him in a field to die.
What they are doing is all evidence-based, Shelly said.
"First of all, we did not understand the disease of addiction and we didn’t know how to help our son," Bornstein said. "We are now learning. There were no support groups at the time, nobody talked about it because the stigma was so bad. We are trying to bring break the stigma and bring resources for people to bring recovery because recovery does happen."
Restore Addiction Recovery will be a 14,500-square foot, 75-bed facility for longterm substance abuse treatment and recovery and aftercare. The model is biblically based, Christ centered and clinically supported. The facility will include residence halls, training space, counseling, wellness center, kitchens and gathering areas for visiting families. Phase I is for men only, but the intention is to grow and build for women and adolescents.
The day was successful and the large number of walkers and runners participated to help in the fight against opiate addiction.
For more information about Hope United and Restore Addiction Recovery visit: www.hopeunited.life and restoreaddictionrecovery.com.