October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. On Saturday, October 3rd, the Prevention Department of the Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc., held the 22nd annual Bob Weigand Memorial Move-a-Thon at the Angelica Village Office. Twenty-one people and three dogs participated in this year’s Red Ribbon event, which is held every first Saturday in October in memory of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was tortured and killed by drug traffickers in 1985. The purpose of the Move-a-Thon is to promote a drug-free lifestyle through healthy alternatives, and to remind people to wear red ribbons in support of a drug-free America during Red Ribbon Week, October 23rd-31st. This year’s theme is: “Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.”
Bob Weigand had been born and raised in Horseheads, New York, and moved to Wellsville in 1978. He had been a reporter for several newspapers in Elmira, Binghamton, Hornell, Syracuse, and Buffalo, and founded WJQZ Radio in 1986, where he served as station manager and news director. In 1992, he was instrumental in establishing WZKZ Radio, where he remained as news director until retiring in 2006. Bob was an active member in his church, in the Wellsville Lions Club, and Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. for over twenty years. He served on the Allegany Council’s Board of Directors and was a staunch supporter of the recovery community. When Bob lost his battle with cancer, the Council renamed the 5K after him for his all-around dedication to the community. It is the silhouette of Bob and his dog, Kristen, that can be found on the Move-a-Thon T-shirt, as he faithfully attended the event with her, even after his cancer diagnosis.
This October, think about what you can do to promote a substance-free America. One person can and does make a difference!
Remember, prevention works!