MEET MATT.

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I’m just a girl,

who fell in love with a boy.

He was kind, loving, genuine, and exuded joy. While for eight years he also struggled with opioid addiction. After reaching and maintaining sobriety, building a new life, family and career from scratch. He relapsed. And on September, 12th, 2017, he lost his battle.

Inexplicably heartbroken but inspired by his strength, I set out on a journey hiking the Appalachian Trail with Theo (Matt’s and my dog) to share his story, to hear the stories of others and to hopefully, bring compassion for this crisis stealing away so many of our loved ones across all walks of life.

Along my way, I visited with different rehabilitation programs, talked to those in the field, those affected and where able, gave out Matt’s signature purple bandana as a symbol of solidarity for those on this road to recovery and their loved ones. In coordination with the trek, we also set up the Matt Adams Foundation, a 501c3, to provide grants for rehabilitation and transitional programs.

THE JOURNEY

I embarked on the Appalachian trail March 24th and hiked 1,950 miles across nearly 14 states to complete the journey on September 12th, 2018, the year anniversary of Matt’s passing. Brittany, Matt’s younger sister, joined for the final 120 miles and the summit of Mt. Katahdin.

The trek began at Amicalola Falls in Georgia, ending at Mt. Katahdin in Maine. Through the journey I stopped and met with people in the local communities and on trail who had been affected by the epidemic, be it personally or professionally, gaining knowledge and stories from those in recovery and the people working to end the opioid epidemic sweeping our country.

To learn more about why I chose the Appalachian Trail for my trek in regards to opioid addiction, please see the FAQ page.

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