BENEFITING: British Columbia Schizophrenia Society
ORGANIZER: British Columbia Schizophrenia Society
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
British Columbia Schizophrenia Society wrote -
On May 7, BCSS will be an Official Charity for the BMO Vancouver Marathon for the third year running. Team BCSS will be raising funds to help people suffering from schizophrenia, their caregivers, friends, family members and supporters – it is a platform to promote change and take action. Families cope with a multitude of life-changing challenges when a loved one is diagnosed with schizophrenia. They often experience isolation and feel shame due to the stigma against people who have mental illness. Running for BCSS gives everyone a chance to stand up and make a strong statement against stigma.
Last year, with the help of CanadaHelps and BCSS’s amazing runners, volunteers, and donors, we raised almost $15,000. These funds went towards our excellent programs and services, which help the 40,000 people in British Columbia affected by severe mental illness.
If you would like to participate, or if you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Loveman at 604-270-7841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do you run?
“I run because I adore my son, and I feel like he is lost to me right now. I run because of the pain, distress and distrust I see in his eyes every day. I run because I want somebody to figure this disorder out and tell me what I can do to help him. I run because I want everyone to know about schizophrenia and what it is like to live with it, so they will have compassion and patience with those that do. I run because I want my son back, and there isn’t a whole lot else I can do other than wait and show love and support. I run to raise awareness and funds.
In his mid-teens [my son’s] personality started changing; he was very depressed, he started cutting classes and self-medicating. At 20 years old he was finally diagnosed with schizophrenia and we started our journey into the world of mental illness. Like so many before us we didn’t even know where to start, but have been lucky that we were able to attend some education sessions and have formed a network of support. We rely on groups like the BCSS for information and professional support.
So why run? Because I don’t want anyone to be afraid to tell someone else they are sick or their loved one is sick because they are afraid of a reaction based on ignorance. Because I would like research to be funded so that my beautiful son will one day come back to me. Recovery is possible, and expected but a lot of help is required.”