BENEFITING: Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
I can't think of anything that Angela would want more than to have us raise money for this organization. This illness affected her on a daily basis, and she would love the fact that she is being remembered in such a positive way through a cause that meant so much to her. She would have done anything to help others who experience the hopelessness that characterizes this disease. As you all know, she loved science more than life, and this is absolutely something she would want us to stand for in her memory.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that has been affecting Angela for years. After she was diagnosed, she became increasingly hopeless, as there are currently a very limited number of treatment options available. Here is an excellent article explaining the disease (BPD) and its effects: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/borderline-personality-disorder/index.shtml
Cases can be so severe that due to the lack of treatment options, some psychiatrists turn away patients suffering from the illness. Here is a good article Angela sent me concerning this discrimination: http://brainblogger.com/2006/06/20/anti-stigmatization-psychiatry-discriminates-against-people-with-borderline-personality-disorder/
The good news? There is a very well-known non-profit organization called Families For Borderline Personality Disorder Research where 100% of all donations will go directly to their research of BPD.
From Families for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Research's website: "Families for BPD Research has been fortunate to establish a research partnership with the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF), which supports the most promising ground-breaking mental illness research.... funding over 4,800 NARSAD Research Grants awarded to more than 3,800 scientists worldwide. One hundred percent (100%) of every donation to the Foundation for research is invested in research grants. Learn more at: bbrfoundation.org"
If you're reading this, you loved Angela. And you probably were at least somewhat aware of the constant internal struggles she battled. I truly believe that if research like this continues to advance, others with this debilitating illness will be able to receive a treatment plan that can bring hope back into their lives- hope that Angela needed so much.
Crowdrise.com is a fundraising company that has very minimal fees, although they do have some. You can find a link to their FAQ page here.
I love you all, and Angela will always be in our thoughts. I know that together we can make a difference. For her and for those who are still suffering.
And of course, please share this link to as many people as possible. Thank you all more than you will ever know.