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Heroes Against Heroin: The John Brower Jr. Foundation’s Annual 5K Walk

Walk Information: Please join us at 10 am on Saturday, September, 10th 2022 at Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Pkwy W, Field 1, Wantagh, NY 11793.

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, the world’s annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. The Vanderbilt family has been greatly impacted by the effects of the opioid crisis as one of our most beloved advisors, John Brower, lost his son to opiate addiction at the age of 25.

In 2015, Steve Distante, founder of VFG, along with John and his wife Jody established the Heroes Against Heroin Annual 5k Walk and the John Brower Jr. Foundation, in memory of John and Jody’s son John Jr., determined to turn his passing into a positive force for change. The John Brower Jr. Foundation organizes fundraising events to help raise awareness for young adults to overcome drug dependency and re-discover life before it is too late, helps create awareness about the opiate epidemic and provides help for those who do not have the means to help themselves.

John Brower Foundation 7th Annual 5K Walk

Opiates are among the deadliest and most widely used and abused drugs in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 3.8 million Americans ages 12 and older reported trying opiates at least once during their lifetimes, representing 1.5% of the total U.S. population ages 12 and older. Opiates are not a “hobbyist” drug, tragically, youth curiosity often leads to experimentation, addiction, and death.

Because of all the good they do and the impact they have had on the community, Vanderbilt Financial Group is proud to support the John Brower Jr. Foundation on its 7th Annual Heroes Against Heroin 5K Walk. This walk will help bring awareness to the opioid crisis, while also bringing in the necessary funds to help those affected by it.

The John Brower Jr. Foundation has combined its efforts with Outreach to help provide life-changing drug and alcohol abuse treatment services. All donations will be going to this organization whose focus is in line with the mission of the John Brower Jr. Foundation. Outreach, along with the John Brower Jr. Foundation, wants to shed light on the current issues being faced every day while inspiring individuals and their families to achieve lives of awareness and unlimited potential.

The day’s events will also include refreshments, raffles and giveaways, with proceeds going to support the foundation. If you would like to find out more about the foundation or would like to participate or make a donation, please click the links below.

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