BENEFITING: The Eating Disorders Information Network, Inc.
EVENT: Merrick's Walk for EDIN
EVENT DATE: Oct 05, 2014
Jill here... Merrick's Walk is especially important to me because I, myself, am recovered from an eating disorder that nearly took my life. If it weren't for organizations such as EDIN, more importantly, those running them, a lot of us wouldn't be here today. The funds raised for EDIN during Merrick's Walk can help bring awareness and, essentially, prevention to so many young kids across Atlanta. And, by bringing this awareness to schools and events around town, I believe it helps bring that same awareness to their parents that may not realize the effects their own relationship with food is having on their children.
Please join me this year in walking for a cause that needs more attention brought to it to help us let go of the stigma surrounding it.
Merrick’s Walk for EDIN is a 2.7 mile walk around Chastain Park with the following purposes:
- to raise awareness of eating disorders,
- to remember those who have lost their battle with an eating disorder, and
- to raise funds for the Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN) and its prevention programs in schools and the community of Atlanta.
The event began in 2001 in honor of Merrick Ryan, a 19-year old Galloway alum who died from complications of anorexia.
This year, the theme for Merrick’s Walk for EDIN is “more than a number.” The meaning of this theme is twofold. Statistics about deaths resulting from eating disorders, although shocking, can be impersonal and allow us to feel detached from the issue. We want to make it known that individuals like Merrick are more than a statistic. The theme also promotes the idea that in such a health- and weight-conscious society, we are more than our measurements, our weight, or the calories that we consume. Our value cannot be defined by a number.
Please join us in our mission to spread eating disorder awareness and promote our prevention efforts in Atlanta. Thank you for your support!