Alyson Cannone
South Boston, MA

Almost 2 years ago I was visiting some of my college teammates in South Africa when I found out that Adam, a very close childhood friend who was practically a cousin of mine, had lost his battle with addiction. Immediately my heart broke for him and his family and I began to feel guilty that I was on the other side of the world, unable to express my condolences and celebrate all of the good memories we had together. This opened my eyes to the unsettling reality that addiction is more common than many people realize, especially in young adults, and this disease does not discriminate. I knew that I wanted to do something in memory of Adam, so I started researching and that is when I first stumbled upon The Herren Project. After reading about this incredible organization, I knew this was the best way to raise awareness on the signs of addiction and to hopefully help prevent another family from going through the pain of losing a loved one.

Two years later and I am on my 4th race as a THP team member. Boston will be my first marathon ever (go big or go home right?) and I could not have picked a better group of people to add to that memory. I am privileged enough to be on this team with such incredible individuals who inspire me on a daily basis and inspire others to change their lives for the better. I may not know what it is like to be an addict, but I do know that nobody should have to go through that fight alone. Running has become therapeutic for me and although I never considered myself a runner (I swam and played water polo – so being coordinated on land was never my thing) I have come to love it! Something tells me it has something to do with the remarkable people I have met along the way and knowing that I can help to make a positive impact on someone else’s life.

Time to lace up, but as always this one’s for you Adam!

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