They're donating a percentage of sales from their growing company to Runwell, hoping to eventually hire individuals out of rehab, and they're Runwell ambassadors. Here's a little about them. Welcome, Matt and Chelsea!
A little about your current career, location, hobbies, family, etc.
I currently operate out of the Boca Raton area as a personal trainer part-time while growing FROPRO, our protein snack bar company. I love coaching others to being better every single day through fitness, healthy eating and doing the right thing. I spend several hours a day working with people to achieve their fitness and healthy lifestyle goals. I enjoy running, golfing, playing volleyball, swimming and basically anything outdoors. We enjoy spending time with our friends, dining out and anything social. I was born and raised in Westchester County, NY but Chelsea and I were married in Delray Beach and live in Boca Raton.
How has the disease of addiction affected you?
I have battled addiction for many years and it wasn’t until I lost everything I thought was important did I see a need for help. I drank and partied for years and the last 5 were the worst I can remember with many incidents, accidents, and ruined opportunities. My disease took everything from me other than my family who stood by me throughout the whole downward spiral. I have been sober since May 17th, 2010.
How did you two meet?
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Were you always a runner or athlete?
I have always run, and my family always made it a point to do something active in the morning upon waking up. My older brothers and I would always go out for a run, ran track and field and participated in school sports since I was born. Chelsea’s healthy lifestyle has become more important to her since becoming the co-owner of our health food snack bar.
What inspired you to get involved with Runwell?
A good friend of mine asked me to strength train her and her team for the race. I casually joked about joining the team as running the NYC marathon was always a dream of mine. After learning about the cause and what Runwell did for those that could not afford treatment services, it struck a nerve. As someone fortunate enough to have the family and resources to attend an amazing facility, I felt connected to being able to raise money and run for an amazing cause. Treatment helped save my life and allowed me to work with amazing people who cared and pieced me back together.
What does Runwell mean to you and your recovery?
Runwell is a charity that I will continue to raise money for. The gift of sobriety is what led me to enjoy an amazing life rich with family, friends and a thriving health and wellness business. Without the residential inpatient treatment program and 12-step fellowship program, I would not have had the life I have been given today. We will continue to donate a percentage of our sales from FROPRO to Runwell.
Greatest achievements, or recovery’s finest moments so far?
Through getting sober, I married my best friend, Chelsea, who is now my business partner. We have grown FROPRO further than ever thought possible.
Do you have a mantra?
I don’t really have a mantra but I do always say “stay awesome” and “wake up the sun”— the wake up the sun for me is important because I get up early every day to start my day right.
Any advice to those struggling with addiction, thinking recovery is unattainable?
When you’ve tried the same thing over and over again and it still doesn’t work, asking for help is the best thing you can do. There are a great amount of people that are living a sober lifestyle and if you can find them and stick in the middle of a group of sober people your life will begin to change.
Anything else you'd like to add?
We hope to grow FROPRO to a point that one day we can hire kids out of rehab and give them a job and inspire them so they understand that getting sober is just the beginning. I started this company when I was 1 year sober.
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