BENEFITING: The Eating Disorders Information Network, Inc.
EVENT: Merrick's Walk for EDIN
EVENT DATE: Oct 05, 2014
Hello! My name is Madeline Pearce. I'm a 17 year-old runner, triathlete, and proud student at North Atlanta High School right here in Buckhead. This past winter, I entered a 2 month hospitalization program to begin my recovery from an eating disorder, Anorexia Nervosa. After two more hospitalizations and a little over 1 year of lots (LOTS) of hard work, I am in a much better place; mind and body.
I am now a part of a network started by my therapist Dr. Dina Zeckhausen, called the Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN), and their Jr. Board. We have an event coming up on October 5th called Merrick's Walk at Chastain Park to raise money for EDIN and promote awareness of eating disorders.
About the name: I chose the name Athena for many reasons. Athena, in Greek mythology, is the goddess of war, reason, and purity.
So, why war? Whether you are battling an ED yourself, or you are the loved one of someone with an ED, you know all to well the hardships of life with an eating disorder. It not only wreaks havoc on the individual, but also on family, friends, and even the community. Recovery is not about sitting back and taking it easy. Every day is a new battle in the war between life and death; and we must have the courage to wake up and fight it with everything we have.
Why reason? Eating disorders defy all reason whatsoever. There is not a single rational component in the behavior of restriction, or overindulgence, or self-hatred, or overexercise, or...you get the point. Being that an ED is the epitome of irrationality, it was not hard to decide on reason as a core value in recovery.
Finally, purity. As mentioned above, eating disorders defy basic biological necessity. The goal in recovery is to return to as much of a normal, healthy lifestyle as possible. To be clear of the impurity of all disordered thought and to be restored of our natural relationship with food.
About the Event: Merrick’s Walk for EDIN is a 2.7 mile walk around the 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!