Alcoholism and Drug Addiction is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States
Alcoholism and Drug Addiction kills over 100,000 people every year in the U.S.A alone. According to the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism ) roughly 20% of college students meet the criteria for an Alcohol Use Disorder.
This is a problem that can not be ignored.
Johnny Schulte was 31 years old when he overdosed and left us on March 19, 2015. Johnny was an active member in his community of sobriety, a passionate student, and an avid runner. In February of 2015, he became a Certified 211 Hotline Suicide Prevention Counselor, while studying Psychology at the College of Charleston with the hope of being able to help others like him find the beauty in sobriety that he had. In the Spring of 2015 Johnny became very ill with an aggressive fungal lung infection. After over a month in the hospital, he was administered pain medication. Johnny was not able to stay away from the pain medication after his stay at the hospital.
Johnny overshot the mark. Once.
We will run in the honor of the countless alcoholics and addicts who lost their lives to the disease of alcoholism and addiction, and we will run for those who have found sobriety.