When Moira Satre lost her 31 year old son, Bobby, to a heroin overdose in April 2015, she decided to be part of the fight against substance abuse. Since then a new coalition called CAYA, aka Come As You Are, has been working within the community to provide support & treatment options to those struggling with addiction as well as to create greater awareness through education and prevention programs.
Drug addiction is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Indeed, it has been identified as a national epidemic. Staging the 3nd annual 5K run on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 9 a.m. continues the effort to raise funds to achieve CAYA’s goals. In 2017, over 200 runners registered for the event; monies raised through fees and sponsorships far exceeded goals set. Funds raised in 2018 will continue to support existing programs.
The event will take place again at Verdun Adventure Bound on Rte. 229 in Rixeyville. Online advance registration at www.cayacoalition.org or by mail to P.O. Box 3457, Warrenton, VA 20188 is $25 and extends through September 13th; registration the day of the race (7:30- 8:45 a.m.) is $30. Tee shirts are guaranteed only to those who pre-register. Awards will be given to the top overall male & female runners as well as to the top two male & female runners in each 5 year age category.
CAYA, COME AS YOU ARE, is a substance abuse support and prevention non-profit. To learn more about the organization, visit www.cayacoalition.org; like them on Facebook; or follow them on Twitter & Instagram, #Sasquatchapproved.
The following are programs that have either been created by CAYA or through alliances that the non-profit has established since its inception in April 2016.
REVIVE CLASSES– Held monthly, these free classes created by the Virginia Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services train participants how to recognize the signs of opioid overdose, how to respond appropriately and how to administer the life-saving drug, Narcan. In 2017 nearly 250 people took this class, and 2 actually used Narcan to save a life.
SUPPORT GROUPS- FODA (Families Overcoming Drug Addiction) Meetings are held twice a month at Fauquier Hospital.
RAISING AWARENESS – CAYA partners with multiple community committees and organizations to educate people about substance use disorder. This past year CAYA has collaborated with students in area schools through SADD & Project Purple as a means to promote prevention.
RECOVERY COACHING– CAYA continues to provide financial and operational support for the Warrenton Recovery Center. The Center is staffed and hosts meetings 5 days a week for individuals and families dealing with substance abuse. Its presence in the community has made it easier for people to seek treatment and support
Read Moira’s story as published in Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine here: