FREEDOM FROM FENTANYL WALK

July 16-21
Central WA to Seattle

Freedom From Fentanyl Walk:

Central WA to Seattle

July 16-21

We walked from Central Washington to Seattle to bring focus to the fentanyl crisis, to honor those who have died senselessly from this killer drug, and to let the people of Washington know we have the power to overcome this crisis.

Throughout the walk were joined by former addicts, people who’ve lost loved ones to fentanyl, advocates and public officials.

We are so grateful for, and honored by, all the people who took part in and supported the walk. This is not, and should not be, a partisan issue. This is a human issue.

Unfortunately our current leadership hasn’t taken strong enough action befitting the severity of the fentanyl crisis. Thousands of Washingtonians, and tens of thousands of Americans, are dying from fentanyl poisoning and overdoses. We need to take drastic action now.

Together, we can change our leadership and give fentanyl the attention it needs. With the right laws and policies, we will overcome this deadly drug and save lives.

July 21: Last Day! Day Six of the Walk

We had an amazing turnout for the final day of the walk. So many wonderful people joined us for the last leg across the I-90 bridge from Mercer Island to Seattle. It was an honor to be surrounded by so many people who care so deeply about truly solving the fentanyl crisis, saving lives and protecting our communities. The mission continues!

July 20: Day Five of the Walk!

It’s the second-to-the-last day! We started off earlier than planned from North Bend, and passed the 150-miles-walked mark. We also walked through Garcia, Washington!

Our original plan was to not walk the trail between North Bend & Preston, and be driven several miles up the road, because the trail meanders a lot and would add quite a few hours to our Freedom From Fentanyl Walk. But we got up extra early this AM & decided to go for it! All the way!

 

 

July 19: Day Four of the Walk!

We crossed over from the east side of Washington to the west side on the fourth day of our walk. Unifying our state with the shared goal of saving lives!

 

July 18: Day Three of the Walk!

Day Three of our walk started off in Cle Elum and ended in Easton. 

July 17: Day Two of the Walk!

We started the 2nd day of our Freedom From Fentanyl Walk at 7AM July 17 in Ellensburg and ended in the evening in Cle Elum.

Dr Garcia was honored to be joined by Ginny Burton, a former meth and heroin addict and now an amazing force for change. Ginny is an incredibly smart, inspirational and compassionate leader who is dedicated to combating addiction and helping people improve their lives.

Here’s Ginny and Dr Garcia talking about the Americans Against Fentanyl Act, which Dr Garcia will introduce when you elect him as your next U.S. Senator: 

July 16: First Day of the Walk!

We started the Freedom From Fentanyl Walk at 7AM July 16 at Big Pines Recreation Site in Kittitas County.

We were honored to be joined at the start-of-walk gathering and media availability by U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, who represents Washington’s 4th Congressional District. Rep. Newhouse launched the Central Washington Fentanyl Task Force in 2023. He co-leads the bipartisan House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Fentanyl Policy Working Group, which is tasked with ways to combat the CCP’s role in America’s fentanyl crisis.

From there, we started the walk and will end the day today at Ellensburg KOA Journey Campground!

July 11-13: Getting Ready for the Big Walk

After our one-day walk July 10 from Toppenish to Yakima, we made up the miles from Yakima to Big Pines Recreation Site in Kittitas County, where the big walk starts July 16!

Preliminary One-Day Walk July 10, Toppenish to Yakima

We did a preliminary walk in Yakima County on July 10 from Toppenish to Yakima. We trekked 20-plus miles in temperatures well above 100 degrees! The Yakima County Sheriff, Dr Garcia’s colleagues from Astria Toppenish Hospital and others joined us. There are people all across Washington who want to fight fentanyl the right way. Together, we can do it!

Here’s an interview Dr Garcia did with KIMA-TV in Yakima after the July 10 walk:

Freedom From Fentanyl Walk:

Central WA to Seattle

July 16-21

We are walking from Central Washington to Seattle to bring focus to the fentanyl crisis, to honor those who have died senselessly from this killer drug, and to let the people of Washington know we have the power to overcome this crisis.

Throughout the walk we’ll be joined by former addicts, people who’ve lost loved ones to fentanyl, advocates and public officials.

Our walk starts at 7AM on Tuesday, July 16 at Big Pines Recreation Site between Yakima & Ellensburg, and ends at 2PM on Sunday, July 21 at East Portal Viewpoint Park in Seattle.

People are welcome to join part of the walk, or meet up with us at the beginning or end of the day! Contact us at info@garciaforwa.com if you’d like more information.

Start of Walk, South of Ellensburg: July 16 at 7AM – Gathering & Media Availability

On Tuesday, July 16 at 7AM at the start of the walk at Big Pines Recreation Site between Yakima & Ellensburg, Canyon Rd, Ellensburg WA 98926, we’ll have a gathering and media availability. We’re honored to be joined by Washington’s 4th Congressional District Rep. Dan Newhouse, who launched the Central Washington Fentanyl Task Force in 2023 and co-chairs a bipartisan House working group on China’s role in the fentanyl crisis.

*Last Leg of Walk, Mercer Island to Seattle: July 21 at 12:45PM*

Join us on Sunday, July 21 at 12:45PM for the last leg of the walk from Mercer Island across the I-90 bridge walkway into Seattle! Meet at 12:45PM at the Lid Park at 2223 W Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040.

*End of Walk, Seattle: July 21 at 2PM*

If you’re not able to walk the last leg from Mercer Island, join us at the very end of the walk in Seattle on Sunday, July 21 at 2PM at the East Portal Viewpoint, 1400 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle WA 98144. We’ll be joined by people who’ve lost loved ones to fentanyl, former addicts, and advocates who all want to work together to save lives and defeat this killer drug.

 

Route Details July 16-21

Here are the details of Dr Garcia’s Freedom From Fentanyl Walk. We will keep this information updated if and when details change:

FREEDOM FROM FENTANYL WALK – FENTANYLWALK.COM
TUESDAY, JULY 16 – SUNDAY, JULY 21

Members of the media are welcome to cover the walk at any point. There will be media availabilities at the beginning of the walk on Tuesday, July 16 at 7AM, and at the end of the walk on Sunday, July 21 at 2PM at East Portal Viewpoint in Seattle.


DAY ONE – TUESDAY, JULY 16:

7AM: Beginning of walk at Big Pines Recreation Site, Canyon Rd, Ellensburg WA 98926, gathering and media availability with U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA 4th Congressional District) and Dr Raul Garcia.

6PM: Walk ends at Ellensburg KOA Journey, 32 S Thorp Hwy, Ellensburg WA 98926


DAY TWO – WEDNESDAY, JULY 17:

7AM: Walk starts at the parking area for the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, Reecer Creek Rd, Ellensburg WA 98926

6PM: Walk ends in Cle Elum, evening at Cle Elum Alliance Church, 327 Madison Ave, South Cle Elum WA 98943 (overnight at private home)


DAY THREE – THURSDAY, JULY 18:

7AM: Walk starts at trailhead for Iron Horse/Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail near the intersection of Garfield Pl & S Cle Elum Way, just south of the Cle Elum Alliance Church

6PM: Walk ends at the Iron Horse Trailhead in Easton, Stampede Pass Rd, Easton WA 98925, overnight at Alpine Lakes Lodge, 3000 U-Fish Rd, Easton, WA 98925


DAY FOUR – FRIDAY, JULY 19:

7AM: Walk starts on the Iron Horse Trail just west of the Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue Station 47, 90 Lost Lake Rd, Easton WA 98925

6PM: Walk ends near the McClellan Butte Trailhead, North Bend WA 98045, overnight at Issaquah Village RV Park, 650 1st Ave NE, Issaquah WA 98027 (walkers will be driven to RV Park for overnight stay, then driven back to next day’s starting point)


DAY FIVE – SATURDAY, JULY 20:

7AM: Walk starts at Alice Creek Campground, Milwaukee Rd (railroad grade), North Bend WA 98045

6PM: Walk ends at Issaquah Village RV Park, 650 1st Ave NE, Issaquah WA 98027


DAY SIX – SUNDAY, JULY 21:

7AM: Walk starts at Issaquah Village RV Park, 650 1st Ave NE, Issaquah WA 98027

12:30PM/12:45PM: Meetup point on Mercer Island to join the last leg of the walk across the I-90 bridge, the Lid Park, 2223 W Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040 People joining the walk will meet at 12:45PM. Walkers will set off for Seattle at 1PM.

2PM: End of walk in Seattle, gathering and media availability at East Portal Viewpoint, 1400 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle WA 98144

 

*NOTE: Route details will be updated as needed during the walk. Visit fentanylwalk.com (which redirects to https://garciaforwa.com/fentanyl-walk/) for updates.*

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