CAPE COD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A couple from Cape Cod will run the Boston Marathon on Monday, in honor of people who have struggled with substance abuse addiction.
Melissa and Denise Longeran are no strangers to substance abuse addiction, both struggled with it in the past. They also know all about marathons because their life, on the road to recovery, has been a marathon.
"So, Denise has been in recovery for about 11 years, and I have been in recovery for 14," said Melissa. She added fitness, especially running, has been a key part of her journey.
She works as a recovery coach for Gosnold Incorporated, and she and her wife are running for "Team Gosnold."
Their goal is to help raise money and awareness for substance abuse addiction. When they hit the pavement on Monday, both will be carrying something special to honor those who fell while running their own marathons of addiction.
"We thought that in honor of people who have passed, that we would carry their names with us while we ran," said Melissa.
She added, this act will give them life again and bring hope to their loved ones. They will be carrying 157 names, on Monday.
Gosnold, an addiction recovery center, has helped a lot of people over the years, including former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlWBZ) reports: