END ADDICTION BHAM Walk 2023
Join us on April 1st at City Walk BHAM as we walk for those we have lost, for those in recovery, and for those who have yet to find recovery. We are walking to raise awareness of the substance abuse epidemic we are facing. This is not just about drugs and alcohol… this is about our future. Together, we are the change we want to see in our world!
The End Addiction Bham Walk is a FREE event hosted by the Addiction Prevention Coalition.
This important 7th annual event raises awareness and funds to help combat the addiction epidemic in Alabama. When you participate in the End Addiction BHAM Walk, you become a vital part of an organization doing everything within our power to save lives through:
Prevention Education (Adults and Students)
Matching people in need with Resources
Awareness Events around the State
Prevention Groups in local Schools
We need your help! We would love for you to partner with us by raising funds for this walk or through donations. To donate, click HERE.
About the Walk
Walk Date: April 1, 2023
Walk Location: City Walk BHAM Amphitheater - 9th Avenue & 21st Street, Birmingham
Check-in/Registration Time: 10:00 AM
Program Begins: 11:00 AM
Price: Free to walk | $25 to receive a T-shirt, "Walking for" credentials, and other EAB swag (register here)
REGISTER AS A PARTICIPANT
Every registered participant will receive an END ADDICTION BHAM T-shirt, an 'I'm Walking For' Lanyard, and a silicone END ADDICTION BHAM bracelet.
If you cannot be at the walk but want to be a part of the movement, you are welcome to register as well.
A portion of the proceeds from the walk will be used to provide scholarships for substance abuse treatment locally.
A huge THANK YOU to walkers like you for investing in the future and partnering with the Addiction Prevention Coalition with our dream of ending substance misuse in our community!
Online registration closes at 5:00 PM CST on Thursday, March 30. However, you can still register in person on the day of the event.
CHAMPION FOR THE CAUSE
The Honorable Maria Fortune serves as a District Judge in the criminal division. She currently is the presiding Judge for the Drug Court Program in Jefferson County, Birmingham Division. Judge Maria Fortune received her B.S. from the University of Northern Colorado and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law.
Prior to taking the bench, Judge Fortune had her own law practice specializing in a variety of areas of law. She also practiced as a Deputy Public Defender and an Assistant City Attorney. She served the citizens of Jefferson County as a Special Circuit Court Judge in Family and Criminal Court and a Daily Master in Domestic Relations Court in the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County.
Judge Fortune is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Colorado State Bar and Washington DC State Bar, the Women’s Lawyers Section and the Criminal Justice Section of the Birmingham Bar Association. She currently serves on the board for the Jefferson County Family Resource Center. She has previously served as the President of the Criminal Justice Section of the Birmingham Bar Association and Indigent Defense Advisory Committee for Jefferson County.
Judge Fortune said the drug court program has given her the opportunity to build relationships, which, in turn, has built trust and accountability with the participants in her program.
“I have found when they can trust that I am truly here to help them reach sobriety, the participants are more likely to be compliant as they see someone actually cares about them and their future.”
In addition, Judge Fortune says her passion also lies in informing the citizens of Jefferson County about the drug court program, effects of the opioid epidemic in Jefferson County, and how parents can be vigilant to avoid any future drug addiction and usage with their children.
HELP SPREAD THE WORD
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets using #EndAddictionBham. Share your story about why you walk, who you walk for, or how you are being part of the change!
PAWS FOR PREVENTION
Friendly, leashed pets are welcome at the event. However, your pet must be leashed at all times unless inside the dog park, and pets are not allowed inside the skate park. Visit City Walk BHAM's website to learn more!
We will all join together as a community before the walk to celebrate together and enjoy a short program. During our program, we will celebrate our top fundraisers and recognize the sponsors that help make this event possible. We will also have a large gathering of local resources that are eager to provide services and support to anyone who is struggling with substance use, loves someone who is struggling with substance use, is looking to get involved in the recovery or prevention community, and more.
Resources that will be at the event include: Recovery Resource Center, Jefferson County Department of Health, The Moore Institute, Grief Resources, Addiction Prevention Coalition and more.
We will also have our annual EAB Sober Circle thru which we celebrate attendees' sobriety whether they have decades, months, days or hours acheived! Each Sober Circle member will receive a "Hope" token from APC.
Our In Memory Activity honors and remembers loved ones who have lost their battle to addiction.
Additional activities are be added, so keep an eye on APC's social media sites to learn more! Do you have an activity idea you'd like to share with APC? Send us a message at Carie@apcbham.org!