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Christy Larsen's Fundraiser:

Miles for Smiles: Half Marathon for Mental Health

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BENEFITING: Mental Health America

EVENT DATE: Apr 08, 2017

Christy Larsen


Those who know me surely know that mental illness is something that has impacted my life in so many different ways. 

Because of my experiences, spreading awareness for mental health conditions is something that I am so incredibly passionate about. I frequently will share my story in the hopes of raising awareness and helping others who may be feeling alone. For the next few months, I hope to take this passion to another level.

I have decided to train for a half marathon. At first, I was only thinking that this would be something good to help my own mental health, but I quickly realized this was an opportunity to make a difference.

1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year. 50% of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their lives and half of them will develop conditions by the age of 14.

Mental illnesses are an epidemic. And they need more attention. We need those who are suffering to know they are not alone and those who are not to better understand what it really means to have a mental health condition. And so I have decided that while training for my half marathon, I want to raise money for mental health awareness.

Mental Health America is one of the nation’s leading non-profits committed to promoting mental health. While researching which organization I wanted to raise money for, I quickly fell in love with Mental Health America’s B4Stage4 Philosophy. They believe by dealing with symptoms of mental health conditions when they first appear and not waiting until the reach “Stage 4”, lives can be changed. They are committed to prevention and early intervention. I highly encourage you all to click here to learn more about their commitment.

I know running a half marathon is no small feat. It is something that is going to take commitment and dedication. And I know I’m going to need more motivation along the way. And so I've decided to do something extra special to help keep me motivated...

For each mile of my run, I want to dedicate someone I know who has been impacted in some way by mental illnesses.

I have set a goal of $1,300 to raise before my run and for each $100 I raise, I will share another story of someone else who has been impacted my mental illnesses. Over the course of these next few months, I hope you will take the time to read their stories. I hope you will notice how each of them is unique and how these illnesses do not discriminate. Finally, I hope you will come to realize how incredibly strong each and every one of these people are in their battles.

Last but not least, I would like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read this post. Even if you are not financially able enough to donate, I want you to know that by making the effort to read what I and so many others have to say, you are helping make enormous leaps towards mental health awareness. Today, I would like to encourage you to reach out to someone important to you and just check in with them. Often times, all it takes is someone being willing to listen for someone suffering to finally get the help they need.


To This Fundraiser


  • Allie Zerbe


  • Danielle Moore



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Donor Comments

Danielle Moore

Danielle Moore


2 years ago

Allie Zerbe

Allie Zerbe


this is awesome, you can do it!! <3 2 years ago