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Compassionate Runner, Linda Quirk, Announces Goal of Raising One Million Dollars for Caron Treatment Centers - A Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

That Helped Her Stepdaughter Reclaim Her Life

BOSTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- At 55, Linda Quirk is about to embark on an amazing journey -- seven marathons across seven continents. She will begin her trek across the globe by running next week's Boston Marathon. The goal of this heralding feat is to help raise one million dollars for Caron Treatment Centers' addiction scholarship program that helps families in need pay for addiction treatment at Caron. Caron has already given $8 million in scholarships this year. To help achieve her goal, Linda has launched, a captivating website that will be documenting her adventure around the globe while accepting the much-needed scholarship donations.

"I have a long journey ahead of me," says Linda Quirk. "But I'm hoping my story encourages people to visit to learn more about helping families in need get the treatment they deserve. I also hope it inspires all generations to seek out the joys or running."

Caron is a nonprofit addiction treatment center that helps those affected by alcohol and drugs and their families begin a new life. Linda's stepdaughter began her journey from methamphetamine addiction to recovery at Caron's Renaissance Institute in Palm Beach, something Linda is forever grateful for.

"We're honored that Linda has chosen Caron as the recipient of such a substantial fundraising initiative," says Missy Orlando, Executive Vice President, Corporate Planning and Communications at Caron Treatment Centers. "As a Caron boardmember, Linda's leadership efforts will help provide funds for so many families that need our care."

Like many of the families that have benefited from treatment at Caron, Linda actually experienced the heartache and inspiration of helping a family member overcome chemical dependency. Now she's sharing that experience with the nation on in hopes of informing other families that there is a solution and that addiction can happen to any family.

Physically, Linda is a far cry from your typical 55-year old grandmother of three. She's a trained runner who has participated in multiple marathons and triathlons around the world including Big Sur, Alaska and Berlin. She has also completed numerous extreme races including many Ironman full, half and Olympic distance triathlons, including: Ironman Florida, Long Course Worlds in Sweden, Ironman Lanzarote, Ironman World Championships, Kona Hawaii and Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Clearwater, Florida. Linda's journey begins with the nation's premiere Boston marathon and continues on to China (Great China Wall), Easter Island, Africa (Kenya), Iceland (Reykjavik), Australia (Melbourne) and Antarctica.

"She's definitely fit for the challenge," says Linda's coach and trainer, Keith Brantly, 1996 Olympic Team Member, Marathon. "However, she will be experiencing some of the harshest conditions a runner could face, from desert heat to sub-zero temperatures. It's a testament to her devotion to the Caron Renaissance Institute."

To learn more about Linda Quirk's incredible story log onto

About is an independent, non-for-profit website funded by Linda Quirk and is currently looking for sponsors. The sole purpose of the website is to raise awareness and much-needed funds for Caron's addiction scholarship program that assists families in need. All donations go towards supporting Cron's addiction scholarship program.

About Caron Treatment Centers

Caron Treatment Centers is a nationally recognized non-profit provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Caron offers primary, relapse and extended residential treatment for adults and adolescents, as well as families affected by the disease of addiction. Caron's programs are gender separate and gender specific. Caron has extensive experience in the treatment of co-occurring psychological/psychiatric disorders within our patient community. Nearly 70 percent of patients treated at Caron have co-occurring disorders. Formerly the Caron Foundation, Caron Treatment Centers operates a residential treatment center in Wernersville, in southeastern Pennsylvania; a regional office in Philadelphia; Renaissance Institute of Palm Beach, an extended care treatment center in Boca Raton, Florida; and recovery centers in New York City and Bermuda. For more information, visit

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