Father Prepares to Complete 1400 Mile Walk in Honor of His Son

Barry Adkins will complete journey July 1 in mission to raise alcohol abuse

awareness



22 Jun, 2007, 01:00 ET from notMYkid

    PHOENIX, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citizens from across
 America have been supporting Barry Adkins on a journey that he hopes will
 make a difference in the lives of children and their families. The Gilbert,
 Arizona resident began a 1400 mile walk in February in honor of his son and
 to raise alcohol awareness across the nation. Now, as he prepares to
 complete his amazing journey, Adkins is able to reflect on the impact his
 walk has made.
     "When you lose a child, the most you can hope for is to make something
 very good come from the loss, and that is what I am doing," Adkins said.
     Kevin Adkins died of alcohol poisoning at age 18 during his own house
 warming party. Determined to create something positive out of his death,
 Barry Adkins enlisted the support of notMYkid, a youth behavioral health
 organization. After a spectacular launch, Adkins is now walking to
 Kalispell, Montana to bury Kevin's ashes in the place where he was
 happiest. Along the way, Adkins is speaking to schools in Arizona, Utah,
 Idaho, and Montana about the dangers of binge drinking and alcoholism.
     Adkins is scheduled to arrive in Kalispell on July 1, where notMYkid
 and the STOP Underage Drinking in Flathead Coalition with hold a finale and
 celebrate Adkins' success. There, community members in Montana and
 representatives from notMYkid will provide educational materials about the
 dangers of underage drinking and bring critical information to surrounding
 communities.
     Debbie Moak, Founder of notMYkid, says that parents like Adkins are
 invaluable to the cause against underage and binge drinking.
     "Barry has become an inspiration to every person who has come into
 contact with him, and it is necessary to continue spread the message of
 alcohol abuse prevention to students nationwide," Moak said.
     Adkins will have spoken to over 16,000 parents and students by the end
 of the walk, and hopes to continue this education once the journey is
 complete. Even passing motorists have stopped and spoken to Adkins about
 his mission, demonstrating the outpouring of support from communities
 nationwide.
     notMYkid hopes to create a national initiative based on the success of
 Kevin's Last Walk, and continue an annual walk in cities across the
 country. To learn more about Kevin's Last Walk, view Adkins' amazing
 journey via GPS, or read his blog, please visit
 http://www.KevinsLastWalk.org.
     Facts About Underage/Binge Drinking
 
     -- Three out of every four students (75%) have consumed alcohol (more than
        just a few sips) by the end of high school
     -- About two fifths of students (41%) have consumed alcohol (more than
        just a few sips) by 8th grade
     -- More than half (58%) of 12th graders report having been drunk at least
        once in their life. One fifth (20%) of 8th graders report having been
        drunk at least once in their life.
                                                   (2005 Monitoring the Future)
     notMYkid is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000.
 notMYkid is dedicated to informing parents and teens about youth behavioral
 issues and prevention strategies. notMYkid reaches over 80,000 parents and
 teens each year through its five programs: Project 7th Grade, P.E.A.K.,
 Teen Advisory Board, Clear Choices, and Kevin's Last Walk.
 
 

SOURCE notMYkid
    PHOENIX, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citizens from across
 America have been supporting Barry Adkins on a journey that he hopes will
 make a difference in the lives of children and their families. The Gilbert,
 Arizona resident began a 1400 mile walk in February in honor of his son and
 to raise alcohol awareness across the nation. Now, as he prepares to
 complete his amazing journey, Adkins is able to reflect on the impact his
 walk has made.
     "When you lose a child, the most you can hope for is to make something
 very good come from the loss, and that is what I am doing," Adkins said.
     Kevin Adkins died of alcohol poisoning at age 18 during his own house
 warming party. Determined to create something positive out of his death,
 Barry Adkins enlisted the support of notMYkid, a youth behavioral health
 organization. After a spectacular launch, Adkins is now walking to
 Kalispell, Montana to bury Kevin's ashes in the place where he was
 happiest. Along the way, Adkins is speaking to schools in Arizona, Utah,
 Idaho, and Montana about the dangers of binge drinking and alcoholism.
     Adkins is scheduled to arrive in Kalispell on July 1, where notMYkid
 and the STOP Underage Drinking in Flathead Coalition with hold a finale and
 celebrate Adkins' success. There, community members in Montana and
 representatives from notMYkid will provide educational materials about the
 dangers of underage drinking and bring critical information to surrounding
 communities.
     Debbie Moak, Founder of notMYkid, says that parents like Adkins are
 invaluable to the cause against underage and binge drinking.
     "Barry has become an inspiration to every person who has come into
 contact with him, and it is necessary to continue spread the message of
 alcohol abuse prevention to students nationwide," Moak said.
     Adkins will have spoken to over 16,000 parents and students by the end
 of the walk, and hopes to continue this education once the journey is
 complete. Even passing motorists have stopped and spoken to Adkins about
 his mission, demonstrating the outpouring of support from communities
 nationwide.
     notMYkid hopes to create a national initiative based on the success of
 Kevin's Last Walk, and continue an annual walk in cities across the
 country. To learn more about Kevin's Last Walk, view Adkins' amazing
 journey via GPS, or read his blog, please visit
 http://www.KevinsLastWalk.org.
     Facts About Underage/Binge Drinking
 
     -- Three out of every four students (75%) have consumed alcohol (more than
        just a few sips) by the end of high school
     -- About two fifths of students (41%) have consumed alcohol (more than
        just a few sips) by 8th grade
     -- More than half (58%) of 12th graders report having been drunk at least
        once in their life. One fifth (20%) of 8th graders report having been
        drunk at least once in their life.
                                                   (2005 Monitoring the Future)
     notMYkid is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000.
 notMYkid is dedicated to informing parents and teens about youth behavioral
 issues and prevention strategies. notMYkid reaches over 80,000 parents and
 teens each year through its five programs: Project 7th Grade, P.E.A.K.,
 Teen Advisory Board, Clear Choices, and Kevin's Last Walk.
 
 SOURCE notMYkid