5K Race for Recovery raises money for substance abuse treatments

BANGOR - A run in Bangor Sunday helped fight the drug epidemic while celebrating those in recovery.

The 5k Race for Recovery brought over 150 runners and volunteers to the Bangor Waterfront.

Proceeds from the race will help Wellspring Inc. fund substance abuse and mental health treatments for those who cannot afford it.

"You know it affects everybody, in all social strata," said Wellspring Executive Director Suzanne Farley. "And so lots of folks really need treatment and have no means to pay, and that's why an event like this is so important."

"We were looking for a fundraiser that one, would help us get some money for people who are uninsured for treatment, but also celebrate recovery," said Pat Kimball, one of the co-chairs for the race.

Runner were provided pizza from Hero's afterwards.

Volunteers from both Husson University and the University of Maine helped the event run smoothly.

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!

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