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David Lewis 5k - A Celebration of Recovery  (4224)

09/01/2012 8:45 AM - 09/01/2012 12:00 PM

Kick off National Recovery Month at the 2nd annual David Lewis 5k - A Celebration of Recovery! The David Lewis 5K Run/Walk for Recovery is in memory of David Lewis who suffered a heart attack and died from a congenital heart defect at age 39. His time
at Gosnold, New England's Leading Addiction Healthcare Provider, allowed him more than seven wonderful years in sobriety. By supporting Gosnold, the Lewis family hopes to help many others find the peace, love and prosperity offered by a lasting recovery. The
event offers free and unique t-shirts to the first 200 registrants; music, awards, and food following the event; and an opportunity for people to run, race or walk the course with family and friends. Runners will love the challenging course and walkers will
appreciate the scenic views.

Location: Gosnold on Cape Cod

200 Ter Huen Drive
Falmouth, MA 02540
United States

Sponsoring Organizations: Botello Lumber; Cape Cod Broadcasting; RJ Franey Mechanical Services, Inc.; Barnstable County Sheriff's Department; EJ Jaxtimer Builder, Inc.; Osterville House & Garden; New Balance - Mashpee

Type of Event: Walk/Run

Program Agenda: 8:45 AM - Kids Race 9:00 AM - Run/Walk 10:00 AM - Awards 10:30 AM - Live Raffle

Targeted participants for this year's event: 300

Primary Contact:
Jodi Landers
200 Ter Heun Drive

Falmouth, MA  02540

United States
508 540-6550 ext. 5241


Date of Post: 8/31/2012

News/Media Name: The Barnstable Patriot - written by David Stills

Press Copy: The final seven years of David Lewis’ life were spent clean and sober, something that his family will celebrate Saturday with the second annual David Lewis 5K walk/run in Falmouth. “Most everybody has been affected by addiction in some form or another,”
his father, artist David Lewis of Osterville, said. “People are responding to that. And there hasn't been enough emphasis to emphasize recovery.” September is National Recovery Month, and all of the proceeds from the race will benefit Gosnold on Cape Cod,
a facility that helped the younger Lewis find his way out of his addictions. His death at age 39 in April 2010 was the result of a massive, unexpected heart attack. Recovery is something that the elder Lewis understands. He’s been sober for 35 years. In 1977,
Lewis had a choice, enter recovery or lose his family, an ultimatum issued by his wife, Nancy. “I could accept that I was crazy, immoral or whatever,” Lewis said, “but I could not say I was a drunk.” He chose his family, and has been sober since, though reluctant
at first. “I thought, ‘What a bunch of God damned losers.’ Then it dawned on me,” Lewis said of his initial meetings listening to others. From there, slowly, he came to recognize the truth of his addiction, what it was doing to himself and his family. While
the substances were different – it was alcohol for Lewis and harder drugs for his son – the resulting damage to family and friends was the same. “My biggest regret is that I didn't spend enough time with David,” Lewis said. He said that while he was home and
around, it wasn’t the kind of time that deepened their relationship. There would be a time for that connection, but it took a sometimes difficult path. Lewis and Nancy had three daughters, and decided that they wanted to expand the family through adoption.
They also chose to seek a hard-to-place baby. Working through Catholic Charities in Boston, they found David, whose birth mother left Guam to have her child in Boston. He was six weeks old when he went home with the Lewises in 1970. His birth-mother was Chamorro,
the indigenous people of Guam, and his birth-father was French. His Polynesian appearance was a source of school-aged taunts, Lewis recalled, and David had to deal with being different. “David did not know how to walk. He would run everywhere,” his father
said. David started with marijuana in high school. By the time he was in his 20s, Lewis and his wife realized that he was in trouble. Even when he was using, family remained very important to David, Lewis said, and he would attend family functions and want
to be around them. “He had gotten into the hard stuff. Drugs. You could see physically, mentally,” Lewis said. “He was living in what had to be a crack house.” In early 2003, the family reached out to Gosnold for an intervention. It was CEO Ray Tamasi who
took the lead. At the time, Tamasi was the only one at Gosnold doing interventions. Since then, the treatment facility has gone from doing a handful of interventions a year to perhaps 70. He said that in 90 percent or greater of the cases, the individual chooses
treatment. "There are very few people who can withstand the power of that emotion," Tamasi said. For Tamasi, the day was memorable for a number of reasons, not the least of which was a blinding snowstorm that threatened to call off the intervention. “They
said ‘This is going to happen,’” Tamasi recalled. Lewis recalled that after the family went through the steps outlined by Tamasi, David balked. After some additional words from Tamasi, he agreed to enter treatment. "What they were trying to communicate to
him was not threat ... It was really a message of 'We love you. We want to make you better,'" Tamasi said. That snowy day, which greatly extended the trip from Hyannis to the Falmouth facility, was David’s clean and sober day. To view the rest of this story,
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