In 2017, several women from Ketchikan, Alaska joined forces to organize a march for those living and thriving in recovery. Having had their individual journeys to sobriety, they were determined to demonstrate that recovery is not shameful. Rather, in spite of their challenges, the women believed that their experiences are what made them who they are today.
They also hoped that by sharing their own stories, they could bring awareness to the prevalence of substance-abuse, mental health issues within their community. Today, Stomp the Stigma has become an annual event that brings Ketchikan together in the pursuit of giving those in recovery or in need a chance to be seen, heard, and helped.