Annual walk celebrates recovery from drug addiction, will benefit women’s shelter

GREENFIELD — The second Hancock County Ashley Burton Recovery Walk, an event aimed at raising awareness of drug issues in the county and connecting community members with recovery and counseling resources, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Hancock County Courthouse Plaza.

The event is hosted by representatives from Hancock County Probation and The Landing, a counseling center for teens. Money raised through registration fees will benefit The Landing and the Talitha Koum Recovery House for Women, which is being built in Greenfield.

Nearly two dozen groups specializing in addiction recovery will have booths available starting at 9 a.m. The walk through town and down the Pennsy Trail begins at 10 a.m.

The event marks National Recovery Month, which is held each September in an effort to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and substance use issues, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The local event is named for Greenfield native Ashley Burton, who died from a drug overdose at 26.

To register, visit and search for the Ashley Burton Recovery Walk in Hancock County.

The cost to register is $25 per person or $20 per person for a group of four or more.

Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or