Nik's Run in Hendersonville aims to raise addiction awareness
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) —
An estimated 100 Americans die daily from drug overdose. For one Hendersonville family, that statistic is personal, and they want to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else.
Patti Fredrick-Enloe recalls her late son, Nik Fredrick, as an athlete.
"He started running at an early age and won the Bele Chere Kids' Run when he was 5," Patti said.
As he got older, Nik played other sports and got injured. He became addicted to opioid pain pills, went in and out of rehab, and died at the age of 22 from a heroin overdose in 2013.
"I never would have in a 100 years thought he would use heroin," Greg Enloe, Nik's stepfather, said. "That's just amazing."
"He told me heroin ruined his life," Patti added. "I guess it's such a powerful drug that it just ruined his life."
Now, to help others survive, Nik's family and friends have organized the 2nd annual Nik's Run for addiction awareness. Proceeds benefit the Pardee Hospital PATHS program, which treats mental health and substance abuse issues.
"What I hope for is that people are more aware of the pain of addiction," Greg said. "It can happen to anybody."
"The more we ignore it, the more it costs us in the long run -- in lives, financial, everything," added family friend Cheri Rosen. "We need to get this early; it will save everybody a lot of heartbreak."
Nik's Run will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Patton Park in Hendersonville. Click here to learn more or donate.