One man from Connecticut named Phil Valentine
has made huge strides trying to move toward change.
is in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, not to mention the little detail that he
also BEAT CANCER, and has decided to use his
story and one of his
passions to inspire others in the same struggles.
Recently Phil Valentine
decided to hike 2,200 miles through the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness about both drug and alcohol addiction and cancer, and now we are sharing some of that journey with you.
Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery
Valentine is the executive director of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery(CCAR), an organization that strives for organizing the recovery community, including people in recovery, family members, friends and allies to achieve goals for those struggling with drugs and alcohol.
himself has been sober for 27 years, and for this massive feat he
started off the trip on March 19, actually 5 years to the day after he
was diagnosed with stage four tongue cancer.
says now that the concept for this hike initially came to him in a dream, stating:
At the time of a recent interview it was noted that over the course of 5 months Valentine
had walked 1747.1 miles, and he
was already amazed at what had been accomplished.
Since starting out the trip seems to have done some serious good for Valentine's health too.
has actually lost 50 pounds through the process, and no longer needs blood pressure or cholesterol medications.
The Journey of Recovery
This journey has been about a lot for Valentine
, and has ultimately tested him in more ways than one, but he
has built an amazing life for himself after kicking his
addictions to cocaine and alcohol 27 years ago, including getting married, and had 5 kids, and overcoming his
There are all types of awesome stories like Valentine's
that are based on individuals or groups rallying together to overcome challenges in an attempt to raise awareness toward issues with addiction, and Valentine
isn't the only one taking a few extra steps.
Others have organized walks, marches and athletic events to focus on recovery from addiction.
The CCAR organization
actually hosts an annual walk which in the past has boasted over 1,000 attendees and featured guest speakers.
This walk may not me the estimated 5,000,000 steps Phil Valentine
is suggested to be making in his
hike, but it is still an interesting way the group plans to take action and give back.
To follow the last leg of Valentine's journey, you can keep track as he
posts updates via photos and videos on social media.