An­nual re­cov­ery walk set for Satur­day in Elk­ton

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ ce­cil­whig. com

— The com­mu­nity is in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the sixth an­nual Re­cov­ery Walk and Block Party to help raise aware­ness about men­tal health and sub­stance abuse dis­or­ders.

The free event will take place on Satur­day be­hind the Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court, lo­cated at 129 E. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

“It is to pro­mote aware­ness of re­cov­ery of men­tal health and sub­stance abuse dis­or­ders in the county and com­mu­nity,” said Elaine Bar­clay, chair­per­son of the Re­cov­ery Walk Com­mit­tee. “It’s open to any­one in the com­mu­nity to show sup­port.”

Since the be­gin­ning of the event, it has grown each year, Bar­clay said. At least 300 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the event last year and Bar­clay said she hopes to match or ex­ceed that amount this year.

The walk and party is or­ga­nized by the county’s Drug and Al­co­hol Abuse Coun­cil as part of Na­tional Re­cov­ery Month.

In ad­di­tion to food and ven­dors, there will also be re­sources for those go­ing through re­cov­ery and their fam­ily mem­bers as well as fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties such as a pup­pet show by Jack Fore­aker. Cir­cuit Court Judge Will Davis Jr. will also speak about re­cov­ery and treat­ment be­fore the

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walk be­gins, Bar­clay said.

Elk­ton res­i­dent Theresa Hamp­ton, an em­ployee with the county’s health depart­ment and a vol­un­teer for the event, has par­tic­i­pated in every walk. Hamp­ton said she par­tic­i­pates be­cause she en­joys vol­un­teer­ing her time, as well as to show sup­port for those in re­cov­ery and to cel­e­brate re­cov­ery.

“I re­ally walk for ev­ery­one in re­cov­ery,” Hamp­ton said.

Hamp­ton also said she hopes the event can play a small part in end­ing the stigma of ad­dic­tion.

“It can hap­pen to any­one at any time,” Hamp­ton said. “And there are peo­ple out here in re­cov­ery and do­ing well and there are peo­ple out there that still need our help to get to re­cov­ery.” Peo­ple left notes of sup­port on chalk boards dur­ing last year’s Re­cov­ery Walk and Block Party.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Hun­dreds of peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the Re­cov­ery Walk and Block Party last year.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

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