Champions for Compassion hosts first ever heroes luncheon

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — September is National Recovery Awareness month. In honor of that, one local organization is shedding light on those who help guide addicts into recovery.

Champions for Compassion honored 11 local heroes in Downtown Wilmington Thursday afternoon. The event is the organization’s first heroes luncheon. This is all in memory of the organizer’s mother, Ruthie Trammell, whose work in the city to help those fighting addiction is well known.

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Those honored included professionals who work to help battle addiction and recognizing recovering addicts who are making great strides.

“We want to talk about addiction in non conventional ways,” Champions for Compassion President, Rebecca Trammel said. “And we’re promoting professional development because we are encouraging the people on the front line to have compassion and information as they address this problem.”

Aside from honoring local heroes, Champions for Compassion announced its new mission. The organization is teaming up with “A Bike For Every Child” to provide recovering addicts with bicycles, helmets, and a bike lock. All for them to get to work, treatment, and to promote a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about Champions for Compassion, click here.