Outreach to Benefit from John Brower, Jr. Foundation 7th Annual Heroes Against Heroin Walk, Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Jones Beach State Park Boardwalk

August 17, 2022

Outreach to Benefit from John Brower, Jr. Foundation 7th Annual Heroes Against Heroin Walk

Wednesday, August 17, 2022. The John Brower, Jr. Foundation will host its 7th annual Heroes Against Heroin Walk on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Jones Beach State Park, Parking Field 1 (check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m.).  

The Walk, begun in 2015, was established to raise awareness of drug abuse and help raise funds to end the opioid epidemic on Long Island and, specifically, support the life-saving treatment programs at Outreach and other organizations. 

Outreach and the Brower Foundation established a partnership in 2014, after the Brower family tragically lost their son John Jr. to an opioid overdose. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be sent to Outreach. Since then, the Brower family, led by John Jr.’s parents John Sr. and Jody and their children Kristen and Robert, have been on a mission to prevent lives from being taken by the opioid epidemic. 

About the Event 

Though the mission and message of the Walk may be somber, the 5K event is a family friendly day, full of fun and healthy exercise. 

“The focus of this day is always on positivity and hope,” said Debra Pantin, President and CEO of Outreach. “Our goal is to keep awareness high and to help families and neighbors on Long Island struggling with addiction to take a path toward health and wellness.” 

The walk begins with inspiring information to educate walkers about substance and alcohol use disorders on Long Island and a tribute to the memory of John Brower, Jr. and peers who we have lost to the opioid epidemic. The 5K journey down the historic Jones Beach Boardwalk is a celebration that brings meaning to the idea that “where there’s a walk, there’s a way!” Every step makes a difference in giving back and paying forward. To learn more, visit: https://opiny.org/donate/brower-walk/. 

How to Participate 

The 7th Annual John Brower, Jr. 5K Heroes Against Heroin Walk will take place, rain or shine. Everyone of all ages is welcome – families, groups, and individuals. 

To register: 

  • Download and complete aRegistration Form (click for a fillable PDF)and return it to the address noted on the form as soon as possible. Children under 18 should have their form signed by a parent or guardian. They must also be accompanied at the Walk by an adult. 
  • All walkers must also complete and sign an accompanying waiver and photo release. 
  • For online registration, please click here. 
  • Registration is $25. While applications will be accepted on the day of the event, pre-registration is strongly encouraged! 
  • Check-in on the morning of the event begins at 9:00 a.m. The Walk begins promptly at 10 a.m. Free parking will be available at Jones Beach Parking Field 1 – participants should mention to the attendant that they are there for the Outreach/Brower Walk.

For more information, assistance with registration, or any questions, please contact Marsha Radulov at 718-847-9233 ext. 2310 or marsharadulov@opiny.org. 

About The John R. Brower, Jr. Foundation 

The John R. Brower, Jr. Foundation was founded in 2014, after the Brower family tragically lost their 25-year-old son to an opiate overdose. Since then the foundation has been raising funds to support treatment and has donated more than $200,000 in total to Outreach. http://www.johnbrowerjrfoundation.org/ 

About Outreach  

More than 40 years ago, Outreach opened its doors as a small assessment and referral center to engage people in the community struggling with addiction. Since then, its mission evolved to meet more needs and more communities. Today, Outreach inspires adolescents, adults, and their families to live their healthiest life through high quality, evidence-based behavioral health services and training programs located throughout New York City and Long Island. 

For more information about Outreach, visit www.opiny.org. If you or someone you know needs help with a drug or alcohol problem, please call Outreach at 1-833-OPINYORG ((1-833-674-6967).