On October 7th, The Pink Elephant Movement will have its second annual 5k run and 1 mile walk to bring awareness to those who have lost family members struggling with addiction, specially the opioid crisis. The Pink Elephant Movement was started by Fishtown native and local, Reenie Dugan. Dugan has overcome her own struggles with addiction and now makes it her life’s purpose to help other addicts and their families break from the grips of the disease. Some of you may have heard Dugan speak at the first addiction awareness seminar on September 16th put on by Sheet Metal Workers Local 19. Reenie spoke about Local 19 at the seminar stating, “Thank you to Local 19 for donating and sponsoring our race for The Pink Elephant Movement for the second year in a row. Without your support and sponsorship we would not be able to do the things we are doing in the community.”
The Pink Elephant Movement is a non-profit organization that focuses on bringing awareness in the community and specifically helping family members and friends of those effected by the opiate epidemic. The annual race is intended to bring a sense of peace and joy into the lives of children and families who are living with the loss of loved ones from addiction or who love someone who is still struggling. Dugan said she started the Pink Elephant Movement because, “We have come together, just a couple of neighborhood people and have decided that we need to take some action on the crippling opiate/heroin epidemic that is progressively getting worse with each passing second, ruining our neighborhood streets. People are suffering in silence because of the stigma that is attached to addiction, that shame label, sitting around waiting, praying that it will soon subside on its own. We have come to the realization that it’s not going anywhere. Not this.” Reenie has been personally effected by losing someone close because of the epidemic. That is why this year has been especially important to getting the information and education out to the public. This year’s race already has over 450 registered runners and walkers. It is sure to be a passionate and family friendly day that is welcoming to everyone.
Pictured-Reenie Dugan addresses the crowd from last years race
Details of the race:
Saturday October 7th at 8am
Cione Recreation Center
2600 Aramingo Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125
Tomorrow, Thursday 9/28/17 is the last day to pre-register online! Anyone can register the day of the race in person, registration comes with a free t-shirt!
Pictured-Reenie Dugan and friend in front of a memory wall dedicated to one of Reenie’s loved ones that she lost to the disease