This great event is set for Saturday, August 25th in Ulster County.

We all have are own stories with addiction and drugs, no matter who you are or what you do, we all know of someone who is affected by addiction and the unfortunate stigma that comes with someone who is an addict. Events like these are looking to change all that and hopefully get people that need help, the help they need.

The folks over at MATT, which stands for Managing Addiction Through Teamwork is hosting a walk on Saturday August 25th from 9AM to 12PM at the Highland entrance of the Walkway Over the Hudson.

The Overdose Awareness Walk is MATT's big fundraiser of the year and they would like to invite everyone to come and walk with them to remember those who have lost their lives to overdose and support those with lives affected by substance use.

Their message is a simple one, rallying together encourages people to feel more connected. Addiction is a health issue, not a moral issue.

If you plan to go the County of Dutchess Department of Behavioral Health will be supplying Naloxone (Narcan) to those who need it and they will have some special speakers at the event including:

Marcus Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive
William Eckert, County of Dutchess Dept of Behavioral & Community Health
Laila Cohen-Tyner - Speaking about Medicated Assisted Recovery
Vivian Lanzarone, creator of “Not My Child” Reading Names submitted of those lost to Addiction
Matthew’s Mom, Patricia Herring Closing Speaker at end of Walk

I hope that everyone can make it to this very special event.