As America’s Opioid Crisis Continues to Destroy Lives Across the Country, Advocates Launch National “Racing for Lives” Initiative, their goal is to Crisscross the US at Racing Events, Driving Home the Need for Education, Awareness and Prevention along with Providing Lifeline for Those Addicted. Our first guests today are Angela Kennecke is founder and president of Emily’s Hope and Ben Bettenhausen is the founder and CEO of Racing for Lives, a new non-profit organization focused on driving national awareness opioid epidemic across America.
Angela named the non-profit after her daughter Emily, who died of fentanyl poisoning in May of 2018. Angela is committed to stopping the stigma through education and awareness. Angela travels across the country telling Emily’s story and informing people on the opioid epidemic. She also is active in fundraising for Emily’s Hope and helps plan and coordinate all of the signature events. Angela is a broadcast journalist, with 30 years’ experience as an anchor and investigative reporter for KELOLAND Media Group. She is also the author of the book, The Day His Heart Stopped Crying. Angela is a volunteer for the Addiction Policy Forum, Children’s Miracle Network and many other causes. She also writes a blog and produces a podcast called Grieving Out Loud.
Ben is the founder and CEO of Racing for Lives, a new non-profit organization focused on driving national awareness and action to fight the opioid epidemic across America. Led by marketing creatives with decades of industry-leading expertise, Racing for Lives aims to serve as a megaphone for the cause and drive as much impact as possible for families and communities struggling to fight this deadly disease. Ben is a successful entrepreneur, the founder of two successful New York agencies including Print2Print and The Underground New York. For help and hope, visit www.racingforlives.org
Lisa Gable CEO, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) she will be discussing: that Food Allergy Reactions are on the Rise and the Recent Study that Reveals Severe Food Reactions Have Climbed Dramatically Over the Last Decade. She will talk about this growing epidemic and how FARE is transforming the future of food allergy through innovative initiatives that will lead to increased awareness, new and improved treatments and prevention strategies, effective policies and legislation and novel approaches to managing the disease. For more information please visit www.foodallergy.org