MEDIA ALERT: A Fight For Awareness Against Drug Addiction in South Palm Beach County – 2ndAnnual Charity 5k Run, 1 Mile Walk in Honor of Ryan J. Mandel
What:The Ryan J. Mandel Charity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against drug addiction in South Florida, is hosting its 2ndannual 5K run and 1 mile walk in honor of Ryan J. Mandel, who lost his battle to addiction in 2016. Today, Ryan’s legacy lives on through helping others who struggle with the disease of addiction.
Proceeds from the event will be directed to the Ryan J. Mandel Scholarship Fund available through the non-profit Wayside House, a historic and innovative addiction recovery program for women, by women, located in Delray Beach. The scholarship fund aims to help individuals receive treatment that may not have the opportunity to otherwise. Additionally, some proceeds will go towards the construction of a new gym facility on the Wayside House campus.
When:Saturday, May 12, 2018; 5K race to start at 7:00 am; 1 mile walk to start at 7:15 am
Where:Anchor Park, 390 South Ocean BLVD, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Details: The cost to participate in the 5K race or 1-mile walk is $25. To register, please visit https://ryanjmandel.com/
“We knew we needed to do something in honor of Ryan,” said Juliet Ciambrone, Ryan’s mother, who is also a member of the Wayside House board. “He was always bringing people together and inspiring them to meet new friends.”
Juliet, along with Ryan’s sister Margot Mandel, joined together last year to host the inaugural Ryan J. Mandel Charity Race with the goal of bringing people together and spreading awareness for drug and alcohol addiction through fitness. More than 400 runners and walkers showed up to support.
“To see Ryan’s name and legacy mean something to others is what we want,” Margot added. “We know Ryan would be so happy with what we’ve created. He would want that kind of positivity.”
About Ryan J. Mandel Charity
The Ryan J. Mandel Charity, a nonprofit organization located in Delray Beach, is dedicated to the fight against drug addiction. Inspired by the strength of Ryan J. Mandel, who lost his battle with addiction in 2016, the Ryan J. Mandel Charity was founded with a mission to fight against addiction and spread awareness in a unique way. The charity incorporates fitness because it believes it develops positive reinforcement, helps addicts stay on track, and brings people together. The charity held its first, annual 5K run/1 mile walk last year and had more than 400 registrants and raised over $24,000 for the Ryan J. Mandel Scholarship Fund at Wayside House. For more information, visit: https://ryanjmandel.com/.
About Wayside House
Wayside House, a historic and innovative addiction recovery program for women, by women, offers numerous professional programs and services that help women rebuild their lives, reconnect with loved ones, and recover from active addiction. Located in downtown Delray Beach, the organization has a wide-range of therapeutic programs, complete with the latest therapies for treating drug and alcohol addiction and co-occurring conditions, including eating disorders. Since admitting its first residential client in 1975, Wayside Houses uses the 12-step program to enhance the experiences and increase its success rate by offering a wide variety of holistic services from equine and horticulture therapies, to art, yoga, meditation and parenting education. For more information, visit: https://www.waysidehouse.net/.
Juliet Ciambrone was happily and busily preparing to entertain family and friends this past Christmas Day. But then the unthinkable happened and her world came crashing down. In what has become an all-too-familiar story, her 27-year-old son, Ryan J. Mandel, died of a heroin overdose. It just wasn’t supposed to happen; it wasn’t even a thought in her head in recent times. After all, Ryan had been clean and sober for four years, was in a job he loved counseling others, and, most importantly, being a dad to his baby daughter, Addison.In hindsight, Juliet believes Ryan’s slip began just a few weeks before the fatal overdose. But what’s most important to Juliet is that Ryan not be remembered as just another statistic – she wants all to understand her son who was loved by all who knew him. Proof came when some 350 people attended his memorial service at Old School Square in Delray Beach. They remembered the caring young man who had a zest for life and loved his family, friends, and animals.To ensure that Ryan is remembered and that the entire community is made aware of the full extent of the tragic aftermath of addiction to families, Juliet, Ryan’s sister Margot, and Ryan’s friends are planning a 5K run on Saturday, May 13th. It is the first of what she plans as an annual event. Proceeds will go toward scholarships for women with addictions to receive treatment at Wayside House in Delray Beach. Juliet is a long-time board member there.Why a walk/run? “Ryan loved fitness and sports. He was a fast runner; he worked out regularly. I have fond memories of running a race together,” said his grieving mother.And, while it would have been easier to give in to her grief, Juliet owed her son and herself more. “Ryan loved people and helping them. He was always involved in the community and wanted to make it better,” she said of her son who was raised in Delray Beach.“Drug abuse is a community issue. We need a community that can find better ways to communicate with struggling addicts and help find solutions,” Juliet added.
April 11th 2017
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