National Recovery Month celebrated with variety of events

Fairbanks and Hope Academy celebrated National Recovery Month by hosting and participating in events throughout the month of September that brought awareness to the disease of addiction while honoring the estimated 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery.

On Sept. 1 Fairbanks and Hope Academy – along with other treatment and recovery organizations – hosted the “Coloring the Canal Purple” event in downtown Indianapolis. Kathleen Gill, Fairbanks alumni and volunteer coordinator, emceed the ceremony and shared her story of recovery. Kim Manlove, executive director of the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition and co-founder of The 24 Group, explained the significance of the color purple being associated with recovery. And Maggie Lewis, president of the Indianapolis City-County Council, read a proclamation from the City-County Council for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County office declaring September to be National Recovery Month.

Afterward representatives of Fairbanks, Hope Academy, Dove House, Progress House and Indiana Sen. Jim Merritt poured the dye that turned the canal purple.

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On Sept. 8 Fairbanks and Hope Academy held a staff appreciation celebration for National Recovery Month. Purple cookies and drinks were served, employees wore purple and our 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Jeff Randolph, shared his story of recovery.

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Fairbanks helped sponsor and participate in the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition’s ninth annual Recovery Ride & Rally on Sept. 11. The event included a police-escorted motorcycle ride starting from the South Side Harley Davidson and ending with a cookout at Riverside Park.

The annual Fairbanks Golf Outing was conducted Sept. 16 at Ironwood Golf Course in Fishers. This year 83 golfers and generous sponsors raised over $23,000 for the Dr. Tim Kelly Patient Assistance Fund at Fairbanks, which helps individuals who are uninsured, underinsured or unable to pay for treatment.

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Fairbanks and Hope Academy also participated in the Hawk Walk & Run, presented by The 24 Group, on Sept. 24 at Ft. Harrison State Park. Austin, a Hope Academy graduate, was one of the speakers. The 24 Group was named in memory of David Manlove, the son of two founding board members who died from the disease of addiction. His parents chose the symbol of a hawk in his memory. In Native American tradition, hawks are messengers that soar between heaven and earth, helping to open our eyes to a vision of a better and brighter future.

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More information on National Recovery Month may be found online at www.recoverymonth.gov.