Plymouth Man Receives Inaugural Martin J. Walsh Award At Gala

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BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - For the first time, the Martin J. Walsh award was presented to a young man helping others in recovery. The award presented by none other than former Boston Mayor himself, Marty Walsh.

Gosnold, the nationally acclaimed nonprofit addiction prevention, treatment and recovery organization held it's annual Gosnold Gala, during Recovery Month. This year the organization celebrated 50 years and honored the United States Secretary of Labor and former Mayor of Boston, who presented the inaugural Martin J. Walsh Alumni Award to Trevor McCarthy of Plymouth, at the Artists for Humanity Epicenter in South Boston.

McCarthy, like Walsh, credits Gosnold with saving his life and making recovery possible. Today he is lead clinical manager helping others recover from addiction.

WBZ's Carl Stevens asked what the award meant to McCarthy.

"It reminded me that this can happen to anybody and if he can to what he's done with such success it made me feel like I could actually do the things I want to do in life without being judged for it. I can be successful without having a drink with somebody." McCarthy said.

As for Walsh, it felt good to be back in Boston, especially for a cause so close to his heart.

"I've gotten recognitions in that past but this isn't about me though, it's about all the people who have helped me." Secretary Walsh said. "I just think, yanno when I was in Gosnold's as a client back in April 1995 and to think that I'm getting recognized by the same place that saved my life it's just amazing. it's a very humbling experience."

WBZ's Carl Stevens (@CarlWBZ) reports

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