Join us for our 6th Annual Oakwood24 Run/Walk benefiting Healing Transitions at the Historic Oakwood Cemetery! This year’s 24-hour run will begin at 9:00am on Friday, December 22 and end at 9:00am on Saturday, December 23.
To date, Oakwood24 has raised over $500,000 for Healing Transitions to support recovery!
Jon Frey is an ultra-runner, fitness leader, and person in recovery himself. In August 2016, he joined Healing Transitions’ recovery program struggling with alcoholism and substance use. While he was at HT, Jon worked hard on himself and his recovery, getting involved with fitness group F3. He completed the program one year later and has been in sustained recovery for five+ years. Jon now dedicates his life to fitness, helping others get involved with recovery outside of HT, and giving back through service.
Running has played an important role in Jon’s life. Even before his recovery, he found solace and healing through running, helping him through some of his darker moments. Once he began the recovery program at HT, he started using long-distance running as a tool for his recovery and has since continued to run 100 mile races regularly. This will be his 6th Oakwood24 event.
From 10-11am on Friday the 22nd, we are honoring the memory of a dear friend and family member, Alec “Warchild” Romulus. Alec first stepped through the doors of Healing Transitions in December 2016 following more than eight years of active addiction with numerous stents in various rehabs, inpatient facilities, and recovery homes all over the country, each resulting in relapse. It was through the grace, compassion, and integrity of Healing Transitions and the brotherhood of F3 that provided Alec the strength and willpower to fight every moment of every day in the name of recovery.
On April 19, 2018, Alec was humbly honored his silver chip #790 for completing the Healing Transitions recovery program and was given the BEST three years of his life! Alec was always his happiest when surrounded by his mother (Becky), three sisters (Kylie, Taylor & Leah), brothers (Eric, Charles & Graham), nieces (Laney & Evie), and nephews (Cooper & Miles). There wasn’t anything Alec loved more than his friends and family, but the ocean and the Grateful Dead were close behind. Alec was one of a kind, who loved fiercely, worked hard, and had a smile that could light up any room. He lived his life to the fullest, and was always up for an adventure. There wasn’t a place Alec went where he didn’t have a positive impact on someone’s life.
We tragically lost Alec on June 16, 2019, at the age of 28, following a relapse, and not being given the opportunity to return to his HT/F3 family and peers to allow him to learn from his struggles, and share his story to help others. It is now our job to carry on his memory, and share his story to end the stigma of addiction and raise awareness for those who don’t have a voice. He is so deeply missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him, and whose lives were touch by him. We are proud to honor Alec’s memory as part of today’s events, and for Jon Frey to carry on his legacy!
Felix, who found hope at Healing Transitions, has not only overcome addiction, but also has found a love of fitness and running. He first got involved with Oakwood24 in 2019 when he was not in good physical shape and had just started his recovery journey. Despite not being a runner, he attempted a 10-mile run.
He looks back and laughs, remembering how hard it was. He recalls, “I was definitely not in any condition (to run) and I had just started recovery. I went and ran around 10 miles and I thought I was gonna die.” Felix’s second year, he upped his mileage to 20 miles and his third year (2022), he ran 56 miles, which was 19 hours of running and walking.
As his endurance has grown, his motivation for participating in Oakwood 24 has increased over the years. The event’s energy and the support of fellow participants have fueled his determination to push beyond his limits. Felix’s personal transformation was intertwined with his journey in recovery, making this event more than just a race for him. Read Felix’s full story of healing here.