BENEFITING: NAMI-OSHKOSH ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL
EVENT DATE: Apr 24, 2016
Hey all! I will be running the Oshkosh Marathon on Sunday, April 24, 2016. I intend to do well - my partner and I have already practiced up to 20 miles - and I would love it if you would be willing to pledge money in support of our run. All donations will be going directly to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Oshkosh, which is a non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy, and support to those dealing with mental illnesses both as an individual or through their support of a family member or friend. In light of recent events these past few months, it has become more important than ever to ensure that those who are battling mental illnesses are receiving the support that they require and deserve. Erasing the stigma around the topic of suicide, educating those around us about how to be strong friends and advocates, and addressing the topic of triggers and conflict within our own community are necessary in order to begin building a healthier environment in Oshkosh. It is impossible to stress just how important support networks are to those struggling with mental illness - in my own experience with mild depression, OCD, and general anxiety, my friends and family have been essential to growth. NAMI provides many services that help people of all ages cope with their journey to betterment - I participated in an open mic night last semester, which was sponsored by the Madison chapter of NAMI. Events such as these, which boost self-esteem and provide a platform for expression, can only help mediate the conflict between a young adult’s goals and dreams, and the toxic illness which they must fight against every step of the way. Running has always been a type of therapy for me, and remains one of the ways in which I fight towards relief. Being able to give this opportunity to others through NAMI, while using my own skills and determination, would be a dream come true. Please consider donating - there are many people you know who may be supported by NAMI events. That classmate who always helps you with your homework. Your sister, or mother. Your best friend. I’m doing this run for my friends who have been impacted by these illnesses...who motivates YOU?