Thank You for Running For Chris & Supporting St. Joe’s
A Run for Chris Raises more than $46,000 to Support Young Adults Struggling with Mental Illness and Substance Use
St. Joe’s Foundation is incredibly grateful to the organizers of A Run for Chris for raising more than $46,000 to support young adults in our community who are living with mental health and substance use concerns. On August 21, the sold-out event brought more than 350 people together at Joe Sams Park in Waterdown, Ont., to honour the memory of Chris Owens, who lost his battle with mental illness and addiction last summer at just 26 years old.
Chris’ friends, family, former colleagues and community members gathered for a 5 km walk and run to raise awareness, and funds, for St. Joe’s Young Adult Substance Use Program (YA-SUP). Proceeds from the event will go toward the recruitment of a peer support mentor with lived mental health and substance use experience, who can help young adults in the program navigate their recovery while learning from someone who reflects their own experience.
From social workers to addiction specialists, YA-SUP is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians who treat young adults ages 17 to 25 who arestruggling with substance use early on, so they have the best possible chance of avoiding a lifetime of addiction. The 12-week program also has a dedicated Loved Ones education group to help family, friends, and other supporters establish positive relationships with young adults to encourage recovery.
Thank you to all who attended, participated, volunteered, and donated funds to support Chris’ legacy and help other young adults and their loved ones get the care they may need, sooner. Thank you for running for Chris. Thank you for supporting St. Joe’s. Learn more about A Run for Chris on the Foundation’s website. For local media coverage of the event, visit the links below:
- CHCH: Run for Chris in support of St. Joe’s Mental Health and Addiction Services
- CBC Hamilton: A Run for Chris set to honour Waterdown man and raise money to fight addiction issues
- Flamborough Review/The Spec: ‘Never stop running’: A Run for Chris to raise funds and awareness Aug. 21