Teen drug and alcohol abuse is a growing issue in today’s society. Addictions beginning in the teen years can lead to issues such crime, including violent ones, teen pregnancies and dropping out of school. These of course continue in a worsening state, leading in many cases to drug addicted babies, perpetual unemployment, broken families, homelessness, death from overdosing and shattered lives from drunk driving.
My brother became addicted to drugs and alcohol as a teen, an addiction that lasted into his early adult years. While he eventually beat the addiction, it had a lasting effect on his life. Despite this, he became a strong Christian with a unique ministry in which he personally ministered to random people he would meet, including the down and out and homeless people in the Apopka, FL area. This included handing out Bibles, each with a personal hand written note, to complete strangers. This ministry ended when he passed away in April 2016.
His death was hard to deal with, but led to many positive changes in my life. One of those changes was that I started running and quickly began competing in half marathons and other races. I am now embarking on an ambitious goal of running and completing the Daytona Beach 100 Mile Ultra Marathon in December of this year. In memory and honor of my brother, I have chosen to do a fundraiser for Teen Challenge USA, a Christ centered organization dedicated to helping teens (and adults) defeat drug and alcohol additions and live God honoring and productive lives. My goal is $1,000.00, or $10 a mile. God willing and with your help, I can not only meet, but exceed the goal for this great cause. Please consider helping me reach this goal. Regardless of whether you can or will donate, your prayers for this campaign would be very much appreciated.
Thanks and God Bless!