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Addiction Recovery Advocate to Undertake Unprecedented Seventy-Eight Mile Walk to Raise Awareness

Dylan McKinney Will Mark 2000 Days of Sobriety by Walking from Dover, NJ to Kensington, Philadelphia in Under 2000 Minutes, Gathering Donations to Support Recovery Non-Profit The Milestone House

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DOVER — Dylan McKinney, a passionate proponent of recovery and voice behind the influential social media page The Human Journey, has embarked on a groundbreaking initiative titled The 2000 Challenge.  

Celebrating 2000 days of personal sobriety, McKinney aims to walk from Dover to Kensington, Philadelphia, in less than 2000 minutes (33.3 hours). Kensington has been hit particularly hard by the fentanyl epidemic, and McKinney has a personal connection to the affected community. This effort seeks to raise $20,000, with all proceeds going to The Milestone House, a nonprofit organization of which McKinney is an alumnus dedicated to supporting people in recovery as they transition from treatment to everyday life. 

Speaking on the origins of this ambitious endeavor, McKinney shared, “I just really wanted to prove to myself who I am, and I wanted to do something outrageous that would test myself. And it started to build into this project that was not only for my own personal test but became a celebration of recovery.” 

The 2000 Challenge will begin on Saturday, June 29, at 10:00 a.m., with The Good Bean in Dover hosting a launch party that includes complimentary breakfast and coffee. The Town of Dover Police Department will escort the start of the walk, and the office of Mayor James Dodd has recognized the event as an official Town of Dover event. 

The community is invited to participate in the festivities, whether they choose to join the walk or support from the sidelines. McKinney has also outlined multiple checkpoints along the route, including 10k, 17.5k, and 26 miles, catering to participants of various endurance levels. The full journey is reserved for the exceptionally determined. 

The 2000 Challenge underscores a multifaceted mission: to generate vital funds for those battling addiction, heighten awareness of the ongoing fentanyl epidemic, celebrate the milestones of recovery, and honor the memory of lives lost to addiction. The event also represents a personal test of resilience and determination, signifying the struggle and triumph over addiction.  

Reflecting on the upcoming challenge, McKinney stated, “This walk symbolizes the journey many of us face on the road to recovery. It’s a tribute to the strength found in sobriety, the importance of community support, and the critical need for accessible treatment options. I invite everyone to join us by walking, donating, or simply cheering us on as we take each step towards a brighter, healthier future.”  

The mission encourages community involvement through participation, donations, or spreading the word. Asked about his aims for the day, McKinney shared, “I hope that everyone feels like it’s our party and it’s a coming together moment for all aspects of recovery, people in it, those that have lost lives, people that are suffering, those that want to support.” McKinney’s journey from Dover to Philadelphia serves as a rallying cry for solidarity, support, and change in the face of addiction. 

For more information on The 2000 Challenge, including how to contribute, don’t hesitate to contact The Milestone House at info@themilestonehouse.org or visit the official event page on the GoFundMe site by clicking here.

Since its inception in 2002, The Milestone House, Inc. has been passionate about recovery. A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all five Milestone facilities are located in historic Dover, New Jersey, and are accredited by the New Jersey Alliance of Recovery Residences. To learn more about The Milestone House, visit www.themilestonehouse.org. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, email info@themilestonehouse.org.

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Frank Cahill
Frank Cahillhttps://www.frankcahill.com
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town, and Chairman of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board. Owner of the Morris now app serving small business in Morris County.
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