Thousands Gather For 10th Annual Pro-Act Recovery Walk

PHILADELPHIA (CBS3) – It was a celebration of life without drugs and alcohol Saturday morning as thousands gathered at Penn’s Landing for the 10th Annual Pro-Act Recovery Walk.

“We recognize that people do indeed recover,” said organizer Bev Haberle.

CBS 3’s Jericka Duncan reports Haberle, who wore a ceremonial purple ribbon across her chest, says  she has been clean for more than 10 years.

“We’re out here trying to dispel the myth that people are hanging on to recovery by their fingertips,” said Haberle.

Lucille O’ Neal knows what it’s like to struggle with an addiction. The mother of NBA basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, who attended Saturday’s walk, says she battled with alcohol addiction 15 year ago.

“I was a functioning alcoholic, but I still had a problem,” said O’Neal.

She details her struggle in a new book called “Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go.” When asked how she was able to beat her addiction, she said it took a lot of praying and self-determination. “You have to have strong determination; you have to want to do it.”

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  1. Sissy Carroll says:

    Wcellent EFFORT! i wish I’d known i would have joined in the walk. Where do I get more info for the next walk>

    1. Jaime C Devereaux says:

      Sissy,

      You can find more info at recoverywalks.org. Although the walk is over. You can still register and be automatically placed on our mailing list for next year. Or you can email me at jdevereaux@councilsepa.org. I am one of the orginizers of the walk.

      Jaime

    2. Cathie says:

      You can also find a lot of other recovery-related events — workshops, social events, etc. — on the PRO-ACT website, http://www.proact.org.

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