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Addiction Awareness Walk and Event Sunday at the Oswego Elks

Cori Welch and Teresa Woolson display Addiction Awareness Walk T-shirts for Sunday.

Cori Welch and Teresa Woolson display Addiction Awareness Walk T-shirts for Sunday.

OSWEGO – Addiction has been in the news a lot. There is an urgent need for more information, education and awareness about the Opioid Crisis and addiction in general.

Cori Welch and Teresa Woolson display Addiction Awareness Walk T-shirts for Sunday.
Cori Welch and Teresa Woolson display Addiction Awareness Walk T-shirts for Sunday.

Families and friends are in a unique position to help their loved-ones through their addiction recovery, and could benefit from additional resources to help.

From support groups to peer specialists, therapy and recovery plans, alternative services, in-patient/out-patient therapies, etc., there is a lot to learn and events like this highlight the abundant resources available in Oswego County to help.

The VOW Foundation’s President, Teresa Woolson, has helped the Addiction Awareness Group get started and continues to assist groups such as this with awareness activities.

Any proceeds above expenses for this event will be donated to the VOW Foundation, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization whose mission is education about synthetic drugs, addiction and mental illness.

The first Addiction Awareness Walk in Oswego will take place this Sunday at the Oswego Elks Lodge, 132 W. Fifth St.

Free registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

The walk will start at the Elks on West Fifth and Bridge streets – continue east on Bridge Street – making a right at East First Street – right at East Utica Street – right at West First Street – left at Bridge Street/104 West back to the Elks Lodge.

T-shirts will be available to purchase, posters available to carry and flyers for distribution.

Service providers, education, information, vendors, food, raffles, balloon creations and much more will be available at the free event inside the Elks Lodge following the walk.

Speakers and entertainment are planned, along with many fun raffles and information.

The Addiction Awareness Group – for Family and Friends of Addicts – meets every second Tuesday at the Farnham Prevention Offices at 283 W. Second St. in Oswego.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The group’s co-facilitators are Cori Welch and Amy Pelow, both mothers of addicts.

Meggan Gauger, a former addict who now volunteers in the community to help others struggling with addiction, is also on the event planning committee.

For more information or to volunteer at the event, please contact Welch at 532-8518 or email [email protected]