Event honoring overdose victim benefits Sunrise

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Friends and supporters of Brittany Butler, who died two years ago of a heroin overdose, gathered July 30 in Dry Ridge to honor her memory at the third annual Get Fit for Brit 5K Walk/Run. The event, which took place on what would have been Brittany’s 23rd birthday, raised more than $5,000, which the Butler family donated to Sunrise Children’s Services in her name.

“We are very grateful to the Butler family for donating the proceeds from this year’s event to Sunrise,” said Christi Moffett, senior director of marketing at Sunrise. “It’s an honor to have been associated with those who celebrate Brittany’s life in this way.”

The event was started in 2014 by employees of Body Works Gym in Dry Ridge to highlight the problem of heroin use, which has reached epidemic levels in Kentucky and nationwide in recent years. Brittany had joined Body Works shortly before her death. Rev. Jim Sears from Mason Baptist Church spoke at the event.

“Our whole community’s been affected by (Brittany’s death),” Rev. Sears said. “This event is a positive thing because it creates forward movement rather than just sitting around and being sad about it. It’s something that our entire community can do.”

Written by Chris Jones, Sunrise Associate Director of Communications.

Jake Pelfrey