PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. — One step in front of the other is how Greg Studzinski said he is living a sober life. He’s been clean for six months and said he is using his recovery to raise awareness on addiction and mental health by walking from Green Bay to Cudahy.
Greg started the 136 mile trek on Thursday and planned to finish Monday. Along the way, he’s been fundraising for the Street Angels of Milwaukee, an organization that helps the homeless.
“When I was in active addiction I spent many nights on the streets,” said Studzinski. “Not necessarily homeless, but not living in the safest environments. A lot of the times the Street Angels would provide us food, fresh clothes, showers. I wanted to give back. They’ve helped so many people. They’ve made an impact on my life and that’s why I’m doing this.”
So far, $13,000 have been raised, which surpassed his original goal of $2,000.
“It’s a humbling thing,” said Studzinski. “It means that people do care about recovery and addiction and that the issues aren’t going around unnoticed.”
Greg is not alone on his journey either. He’s had friends and family take turns walking alongside him, such as John Leanna.
“I’m just glad that he’s taking the steps in the right direction,” said Leanna. “He’s dedicated to being better and supporting his cause and doing stuff for his family and daughters.”