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A Fresh Start
In celebration of what would have been McKenzie Paulson’s twenty-sixth birthday and in remembrance of others who have suffered from substance use disorders, Rock’n the Road to Recovery will be held Saturday, August 18.
Same-day registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Falconer Fire Hall, 115 Davis Street, Falconer. The two-mile walk starts at 11 a.m.
This recovery and awareness walk takes place rain or shine.
The public is invited to the Family Friendly Birthday Celebration following the walk from noon to 4 p.m. at the fire hall.
The afternoon features performances by Take Two, Ken Hardley, and Anthony Flint. There will also be birthday cake, a hot dog or hambur dinner for $5, a Huffy Bike raffle, 50/50 drawings, and face, rock and t-shirt painting for children.
Cost for the walk, t-shirt, birthday celebration and one dinner is $25.
To register online, sponsor a walker, or make a donation, visit gfmtp.wufoo.com/forms/recovery (Only online registrations prior to August 6 are guaranteed a t-shirt).
Despite her efforts at recovery, McKenzie Paulson passed away from her struggle with drugs at the age of 23. Her mother, Lauri Keller of Falconer, is organizing this event, now in its third year.
Keller noted that her daughter was a typical All-American girl who, with her good grades, graduated a year early from Falconer High School.
McKenzie enjoyed working with the elderly and those with disabilities and went to Jamestown Community College with plans to go into nursing.
This year the focus of the walk is to applaud the efforts of the volunteers with A Fresh Start and all the agencies and organizations that are assisting those with substance use disorders.
Proceeds benefit two A Fresh Start programs in Jamestown: the Marvin and Dolly Sutton Fresh Start House, a safe and secure home for women in recovery from substance use disorders and their children, and Child Warriors, helping children who have been touched by substance use disorders.
Created in memory of Alex Foulk, A Fresh Start is dedicated to helping people find a fresh start, free from substance use and alcoholism. For those who need to talk but are not sure where to start, there are 5-7 p.m. meetings every Wednesday evening at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 North Main Street, Jamestown.
Other local resources include:
- Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council in the Springchorn Building, 501 West Third Street, Suites 3 and 4, (716) 664-3608 in Jamestown, and 51 East Third Street, Suite 2, in Dunkirk, (716) 366-4623.
- Chautauqua County Mental Hygiene Department in Jamestown (716) 661-8330, Dunkirk (716) 363-3550, and Mayville (716) 753-4104.
- Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, open six days a week in the rear of the Gateway Center, 31 Water Street, Door #14, in Jamestown, (716) 661-9044, with certified peer specialists and more than two dozen peer support groups.
- UPMC Chautauqua Mental Health &Chemical Dependency Programs, South County (716) 664-8641 and North County (716) 363-0018.