Starts seven day trek from Amherst to Halifax
Rick MacDonald has come a long way in three years.
Rick MacDonald gets a hug from Diane Vanderhorden, the director of public relations for the Salvation Army in the Maritimes as he prepares to depart on his 270 km Journey of Hope. Sam McNeish - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Rick MacDonald has come a long way in three years.
The recovering alcholic is far removed from living in the woods outside of Dartmouth to where he is today.
Someone believed in him and took steps to help him recover from the disease he succumbed to.
"I want everyone to know there is hope,' MacDonald said.
"Even when you are at your lowest and you don't think there is anything more you can do or want to live for, there is hope. I'm proof of that,' he added.
MacDonald, 49, a native of New Glasgow, was in Amherst Saturday to start his Journey Of Hope run to Halifax for the Salvation Army, the group he credits with helping to get his life turned around.
His 270-km, seven day trek will see him raise awareness about alcohol and drug rehanilitation programs and attempt to raise $10,000 for the Running Sobr Endowment Fund to be used to help others reach sobriety.