MARLBOROUGH – An in-person chance to remember, run and raise awareness for substance use disorder (SUD) returned to Marlborough roads on May 7.
The fifth annual Remembering Our Angels 5K began and ended at the Marlborough Moose Family Center. This fundraiser for Team Sharing Inc. took place virtually the past two years due to pandemic restrictions.
Team Sharing is a national nonprofit that offers support to families who have lost a child to SUD. It was founded by Marlborough resident Cheryl Juaire, who lost two sons to SUD: Corey Merrill at age 23 in 2011 and Sean Merrill at 42 in 2021.
Many of the 5K participants have personal connections to the cause. They include the two top winners.
Mike Ludvigson finished first overall in 20:55. His wife Liz Foley was the first-place female finishing in 21.33. They ran the race in memory of Liz’s brother Brian Foley, who died of SUD at age 27 in 2014.
Remembrances continued afterward during a barbecue.
The Moose lodge parking lot was lined with 150 posters provided by Today I Matter Inc. The nonprofit was founded by John Lally, whose son Timothy died of SUD at age 29 in 2016. These 2-by-3-foot posters depict photos representing lives lost to SUD.
Also stationed in the parking lot was Team Sharing’s Hope’s Room. The mobile replica of a child’s bedroom reveals possible warnings of SUD.
Meanwhile, Team Sharing members collected applications for a special Massachusetts license plate designed with the message “Overdose Awareness.”