END ADDICTION BHAM Walk 2024 presented by AmFirst!
Join us on April 6th 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.
From June 2022 to June 2023, the CDC reports that Alabama saw a 16.93% increase in drug overdose deaths, yet again proving that Alabama is still in crisis. Our END ADDICTION BHAM Walk allows community members to come together and fight back. Partners and attendees of this event know that we are FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE we want for our loved ones and for our community. Join us at the Walk and join us in this movement as we fight against addiction in 2024.
The End Addiction Bham Walk presented by America's First Federal Credit Union is a FREE event hosted by the Addiction Prevention Coalition.
This important 8th annual event raises awareness and funds to help combat the addiction epidemic in Alabama. When you participate in the 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
Event Date: April 6, 2024
Event 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 attend & 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 more.
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, April 4th. However, you can still register in person on the day of the event.
CHAMPION FOR THE CAUSE
Birmingham native Taylin McCarver is a true champion for substance misuse prevention, addiction recovery, and grief due to the loss of loved ones to SUD. Taylin lost her brother, TJ McCarver, to his 8 year battle with substance use disorder in 2018. TJ’s struggle impacted his whole family. Since his passing, Taylin has made it her mission to speak out and let other families experiencing similar struggles know they are not alone. She wants people suffering to know that they do not have to suffer alone. Each year, Taylin spearheads TEAM TJ in an effort to raise money for community programming, raise awareness about SUD and grief, and raise hopes for those who are fighting their own battles. And for these reasons, Taylin is our 2024 Champion for the Cause.
Lauren Sisler is a two-time national award-winning sports broadcaster who joined ESPN and SEC Network in 2016 as a sideline reporter for both college football and gymnastics. Lauren is passionate about sports, but even more passionate about telling the stories of the coaches, athletes, and fans who make it more than a game. Her journey was not always full of victories and celebrations. In 2003 as a freshman at Rutgers University, tragedy struck Lauren’s world when she lost both of her parents to overdose. Through her grief and despair, Lauren found the courage to continue moving forward and find success. Lauren now shares her story across the country in hopes of spreading awareness while breaking down the barriers that stand in the way of us living our best life.
Lauren is also an alum of the APC Board of Directors and supports charitable causes across Alabama and the US. Learn more about Lauren at LaurenSisler.com.
DJ FLOYDE YOUNG, JR.
DJ Floyde from Black Tie DJ Company will be joining us again this year playing the latest and greatest hits! And you know there will be freestyling, line dancing, and jubilation throughout the day!
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.
Resource Row is always a happening place at the Walk. With more than 30 organizations and services, you can expect to visit with a variety of prevention, treatment, recovery and health organizations such as 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.
This portion of the Walk is always full of joy and celebration. Don't miss the love!
In Memory Activities honor and remember loved ones who have lost their battle to addiction.
Our Angel Wings sculpture allows attendees to write a message to their loved ones on a ribbon and attach it to the frame to create a beautiful pair of angel wings that represent and honor those who are no longer with us.
The Flag Garden holds one flag for every Alabamian lost to overdose in a one year period. Write the name of your loved one on one of these flags in memorium. In 2021, Alabama lost 1,333 community members to overdose. We are working hard to reduce this number every year.
Additional activities are being 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!