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Runwell Grants: How They Make a Difference

This is a great time of year for Runwell! We are currently in the process of procuring the funds we’ve raised over the past year and will be sending out grants in December. Each year, our board of directors reviews and evaluates submissions from treatment centers all over the world, and we are honored to be able to provide scholarships to qualified treatment centers to help those who desperately need treatment, but can’t afford it.

The typical cost for outpatient treatment is roughly $10,000 and residential alcohol and drug rehab ranges between $20,000 to $32,000 depending on the level of services needed. This doesn’t always include the cost for additional services, such as counseling for other issues (depression, anxiety) or prescriptions.

To date, Runwell has provided over $800,000 in scholarships to qualified treatment centers (this includes monies raised while operating as Run7on7). These scholarships provide quality treatment to those suffering from addiction. Often, those struggling with addiction can not afford to get the help they need.

Last year, we received the following letter from an individual that received a scholarship from Runwell for treatment at Father Martin’s Ashley Treatment Center in Maryland:

Good Afternoon,

Life is good for me at the moment. It's almost been a year since I checked into FMA on that Military scholarship. My experience at Ashley was wonderful. After 10 stressful years in the Marines, I felt like I was able to decompress, assimilate into civilian life and start working on my "problem". I felt that Ashley was a very professional organization and treated all patients (or guests) with compassion and dignity. The instruction was very thorough from scientific perspectives, to the spiritual remedy of our maladies. Although many of the patients had trouble adjusting to the structure and schedule with the program, my military mind viewed it as a well needed vacation. I made a lot of wonderful friendships with people in recovery and felt like I was given the tools I need to work my own program post FMA.

If it wasn't for the military scholarship provided through the Runwell grant, I would not have pursued any kind of treatment. In July of 2012 I resigned my commission as a Marine Officer before having any legal or professional complications from my alcoholism. I knew I had to leave the service in order to address my issues and heal. As of July 2012 I was without health insurance. The only healthcare I would receive would be through the VA clinic, which does not pay for any kind of in-patient rehabilitation. The scholarship was a godsend.

Today, I'm an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Analyst for the government. I stay in close contact with a handful of alumni from FMA. The only ones that have been able to stay clean/ sober are the ones that are working the program the way it's supposed to be done. This observation is one of the greatest motivating factors that gave me the resolve to jump into the program head first and do what I'm told.

I thank FMA and Runwell for my experience. It was truly one of the highlights of my life and gave a lasting impression on me of how uplifting and joyous recovery can be.

Our athletes and the donors they engage make it possible for Runwell to make a significant difference in the lives of those affected by addiction. Collectively we are working to break down the stigmas associated with the disease of addiction. We are so grateful.

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