Back in 2014, I decided to challenge myself physically and mentally in a way I had never done before; I decided that I was going to run the 2016 New York City Marathon. Throughout 2015, I ran races and volunteered with the New York Road Runners to secure my entry to the 2016 race. I am now on the final leg of my journey, just a few weeks away from the marathon on Sunday, November 6th. To celebrate this journey and the hopeful successful completion of those 26.2 miles, I’m asking for your support as I kick-off a personal fundraiser for The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors. The foundation’s mission is to end the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Two percent of the population are affected by BFRBs, however the effects are on a spectrum so that some persons may find their behaviors manageable while others find that the behaviors interfere greatly with their lives. I have a deep connection with this cause due to my own struggles with skin picking. Because of my personal experience with BFRBs and since there is so little understanding of the condition both by the public and in the healthcare profession, I struggled alone for years until I found the foundation and a New York City support group. The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors counteracts the depression and anxiety experienced by many people with BFRBs by providing information and referrals to qualified treatment providers. The foundation provides frontline assistance to sufferers who for the first time have found a name for a compulsion that has plagued them for years, people with BFRBs seeking support groups, and parents worried about their children. Treatments today are better than ever before—providing greater control, periods of remission, and a greatly improved quality of life—but the foundation envisions more. That is why it conducts professional training institutes for clinicians and why it is spearheading and funding the BFRB Precision Medicine Initiative, an unprecedented national collaborative research project to find causes and solutions. Your donation means so much to me. Your gift to TLC will change lives for the better—including mine! Thanks for your love and support. With gratitude, Sarah P.S. For more information about this incredible organization, visit www.bfrb.org.