Annual recovery walk set for Saturday in Elkton
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— 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
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.
Hundreds of people participated in the Recovery Walk and Block Party last year.