This November, I will be running the NYC Marathon as part of a team raising money for the National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI.
NAMI has been a fantastic resource for my family. In 2010, my brother Christopher was placed in the mental health system as a result of complications with a brain surgery he hoped would greatly reduce his seizures due to epilepsy. The resulting brain injury has affected all of our lives in ways we could not have imagined. He is currently in his third facility, one that is finally more adequately equipped to address his needs. But the road to get him there has been long.
As my family and I have tried to help my brother navigate the healthcare system to get the care he needs, NAMI has been there to answer our questions, listen to our frustrations, and help advise on productive steps forward in an extremely complicated system. They are also a terrific community that I have come to love. I've been volunteering in their NYC office for the past two years and have met some amazing people there. I've seen them in action, and I truly believe that this organization saves lives.
My goal is to raise $3,500 and I would be so grateful for your support.
You can find my donation page here:
You can also learn more about NAMI and the NYC chapter here:
This will be my first marathon! I am now sixteen weeks out from race day and am getting serious about my training. Be sure to check my instagram account for updates on my progress this summer, stories about NAMI, and some potentially very sweaty selfies @jacksonbradymoran.
Thank you so much!
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