Island native, Todd Hitchings, will embark on a 272 mile hike through Vermont this fall to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic. Todd started an Everyday Hero fundraising page to raise money for MVCS’ Substance Use Recovery Programs. His story and inspiration are below:
“My name is Todd Hitchings. I was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard and have spent the majority of my adult life living here as well. I am eternally indebted to this amazing community and want nothing but the best for everybody who calls this special place home.
However, over the past few years, I have seen a crisis get exponentially worse and change the lives of those around me in a horrible way. I’m talking about the opioid epidemic that is not only sweeping the mainland, but is right here on the streets and dirt roads of our home.
I know that everyone reading this right now can identify with me. We all know someone who has struggled with addiction. Many here on the island have lost loved ones, sometimes for a few years, sometimes forever. But there are many success stories as well, and I want people to know that there is hope and there is a way out.
I know I have felt helpless for too long in trying to change the things I see around me so I will be taking some time I have this fall to complete a 272 mile hike in Vermont known as the Long Trail. I really just wanted to help in any way I could, so I thought fundraising through the vessel of this hike would be a great opportunity. That’s why I will be raising the money for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Through their Substance Use Disorder Program, they will use the funds to help people recover and survive the problems that arise from addiction.
It’s time to turn my frustration and sadness with this situation into something constructive, and I ask all of you for help in this endeavor. If we’re able to change one person’s life for the better through this project, I would consider it a tremendous success.
I am not asking for any more than you are able to part with, but I am asking for a donation to MV Community Services.”