Residential treatment center and official LA Marathon charity encourages runners to register in support of the battle against addiction
LOS ANGELES - (December 10, 2009) - Beit T'Shuvah, a residential treatment center located in West Los Angeles, has teamed up with the LA Marathon to garner support for their recovery program. Beit T'Shuvah has already helped transform the lives of thousands of former addicts. The organization's "Run to Save a Soul" campaign will demonstrate the ability of those who have battled addiction not only to recover, but to thrive.
Several Beit T'Shuvah residents, staffers and alumni have signed up to run in the upcoming 25th LA Marathon on Sunday, March 21, 2010, and their training program reached 18 miles last weekend. Completing the 26.2 miles of a marathon is consistent with their path towards recovery - it must be tackled "one step at a time."
"There is nothing so moving as being witness to the transformation of a human soul," said Beit T'Shuvah CEO Harriett Rossetto. "I invite others to share in the miracle of transformation by running the LA Marathon with us or by sponsoring one of our runners."
Inspiring success stories from Beit T'Shuvah:
* Karen, who grew up in Ventura County, sought help from Beit T'Shuvah after spending time in prison and losing custody of her children. Today she works in the organization's Alternative Sentencing Department, helping other alcoholics and addicts get treatment instead of jail time. Aside from gaining custody of her children, running in the LA Marathon is her greatest goal for this year.
* Just six months ago, Christian was battling addiction on the streets of Skid Row. He grew up in the Pacific Palisades with a loving family, but his addiction drove him to a dark and dangerous place. Thanks to his treatment at Beit T'Shuvah, on March 21st, Christian will be focused on running the 26.2 miles from the "Stadium to the Sea" instead of perpetuating a drug addiction.
* Dana, of Mountain View, came to Beit T'Shuvah after spending 23 years in prison due to an addiction. Now a counselor at the facility, Dana is training to run the LA Marathon and is leading residents in weekly workouts to prepare for next year's race.
To find out more about the "Run to Save a Soul" campaign, to sponsor a runner, or to sign up to run, visit: www.runtosaveasoul.org.