CARE of Southeastern Michigan’s Bike PATH: Ride for Recovery
Saturday, September 24th, 2016 was the perfect day to be at Lake Saint Clair Metropark for at least three reasons: First, the weather couldn’t possibly have been more perfect to be outside. Second, “Metro Beach” is one of the largest, greatest beaches and metroparks in the entire region. But the most important reason was the opportunity to bike 2, 10, 25, 40, or 62 miles (in a metric century) as a fund-raising event for CARE of Southeastern Michigan.
Some participants were avid bicyclists forever in search of a great organized ride, while for others supporting the wonderful works of CARE is the primary objective. But whatever one’s specific motivation, the end result was the same; over nearly 500 riders, volunteers and supporters raising over $40,000 for CARE’s 45 programs, including substance abuse prevention for children of all ages. They go further by offering summer camps full of adventurous activities while educating campers about the dangers of drug addiction. CARE’s flagship program, Peer Recovery Coaches, gives members the chance to team up with a recovery coach. Whereas the success rate of most typical drug recovery programs is well below 50%, this program boasts an incredible 80% success rate.
Michigan’s 9th congressional district Congressman Sander Levin and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joined CARE board member Paula Roman, Debbie Smith and President & CEO, Monique Stanton on the stage, all of whom delivered meaningful words to the largest crowd in the four years this annual event has occurred.
Despite the beautiful sky, with robust clouds framing the stunning sunshine, and the proud smiles on the faces of bike riders, some of whom broke personal bike-riding distance records, everyone understood the seriousness of the cause that inspired them to show up that day. The sad fact of the matter is that 129 people die every day due to addiction-related causes. CARE is dedicated to to keeping people from developing addictions in the first place, helping those already addicted, and supporting the loved ones of addicts in every way possible.
The complimentary food provided by Subway, Vince & Joe’s Market, Kosch Catering and Zuccaro’s Banquets & Catering was tasty, the band was great, the vendors were informative, and everyone appeared to be having a great day. As unfortunate as it may be that so many Americans fall victim to the terrible temptation of drugs, we should all be grateful that organizations like CARE exist to help victims recover, support the families of victims, and host incredible events like the Ride to Recovery.
James M. Stange writes for GreeningDetroit.com
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