Couple seek to raise funds, awareness to combat addiction

Sep 14, 2017
Members of the Coastal Community Recovery Center meet with Stephen and Karen Hardy, center in vests, during their Cycle for Addiction tour.

Rockland — The Coastal Recovery Community Center received a visit from Karen and Stephen Hardy during their “Cycle for Addiction” ride across the state of Maine. They came by the center Sept. 7, as they rode to raise funds for an organization that impacts and addresses Maine’s drug epidemic. Both Karen and Stephen have been affected by addiction, and over the last several years the effects have increased for them personally.

Their plan was to ride their bicycles around the state, sharing information on addiction and its effects in Maine and raising money for The Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery. However, Karen wasn’t able to ride alongside her husband during the trip because of unforeseen circumstances. The Hardys share the same mission as the Coastal Recovery Community Center and volunteers were grateful to meet Stephen and Karen during their visit, as they shared ideas on how to educate Maine residents on addiction and recovery.

The couple decided Stephen would do the ride alone, and as he left the center he set out on the beginning of his journey. And as of Sept. 11, Stephen had completed 162 miles.

He wrote on Facebook that he stopped the ride because of health issues, but was blessed to see the beautiful moon setting as the sun was rising every morning and that he could feel the loving energy from both. Even though the Hardys' finish line came up faster than they thought it would, there are still ways to support their mission.

Cycle for Addiction is just one of many efforts trying to make a change during this drug epidemic. To contribute to the Hardys' fundraising effort, visit their gofundme page at gofundme.com/cycleforaddictionawareness-maar.

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