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My Story…

Six months ago I was suffering from the disease of addiction to marijuana. I was using regularly for the previous 4 years to cope with the pain and trauma of a past riddled with abuse, rejection, and all kinds of emotional suffering. I justified it as "medication" for my mental illnesses. I was killing myself slowly with my addiction, which was making me insane. My doctor finally told me that the daily marijuana use was making mental health WORSE and referred me to an addictions counselor. She helped me to see myself as a person with the disease of addiction. I joined my local Narcotics Anonymous chapter here in Barrie, Ontario, which has saved my life. The opposite of addiction is community and connection. I have found this through NA and am SO grateful! Today I am clean, have a new career as an elementary teacher and running has been a huge part of my recovery! I'm raising money for YU which helps youth struggling with homelessness and addiction. Please give generously!

Donate to help Jennifer raise money for 2021 Virtual Mississauga Marathon’s fundraising campaign.


Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
May 04 Rob Blom CA$25.00
May 02 Noor Al You go Jen! Proud of you. Undisclosed amount
May 01 Colleen Hamann Well done Jen. Wish I could afford more but still proud of what you accomplished. CA$10.00
May 01 Chantal Stephens So proud of you! CA$20.00
Apr 30 Phil Irish Way to go, Jenn! Great cause, and glad you are getting your groove on! CA$25.00
Apr 30 Jessie Bass-West Run Jenny run!! So proud of you for your story and for helping others! CA$15.00
Apr 30 Elin Happy to help support recovery and such a great cause! CA$25.00
Apr 28 Margaret paradis CA$20.00
Apr 27 Sam Harding Love this, Jen! Keep shining light and life into the world :) CA$50.00
Apr 24 Anonymous So proud of you Jen!! ❤️❤️ Good luck on the race- you are gonna kill it!! Undisclosed amount