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Kathryn Boswell's Fundraiser:

The Freudian Run

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Kathryn Boswell

THE STORY:

As someone who has had a personal journey of ups and downs through the battlefield of mental illness, I'm compelled now, more than ever, to speak out. To seek an end to silent suffering. And to spark, at least in my own, small community, a conversation about mental health that is built on love, trust, and, most importantly, action.

My personal journey is a saga that I'm more than willing to share (Please ask me about it! I'd love to swap stories!) But, why a marathon? For me, running has been my greatest source of therapy - I latched on to it at a time in my life when everything was spinning out of control and I was seeking some sort of productive outlet for my depression. It became my time alone to process and digest, to escape. To wrestle with the hard questions, to seek answers. And sometimes to just be.

In many ways, running is a mind game, rather than a physical one. The first time I realized my body is capable of more than I was giving it credit for, it struck me that my brain was the real crutch, convincing me and telling me that there was no way I could achieve my goals. So now, every step I run is a step because I can. Because we all can. It's a step towards health.

I'm excited about the prospect of being able to raise money for a special organization in my community - The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) - which provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness (at no cost to them)! It's a grassroots organization that facilitates and offers free support groups, educational courses, and outreach programs, such as "In Our Own Voice". I encourage you to check them out and see the awesome work they're doing!

http://www.naminycmetro.org/Education/InOurOwnVoice/tabid/76/Default.aspx

My goal is to find 100 people willing to donate a dollar for every mile I run - 26.2 miles, making that just $26.20 each. But, no amount is too small! If you're able to even donate $1.00, that can make a huge difference. Or, if you're only able to support by providing words of encouragement to someone you know suffering from a mental illness, or by having an honest and loving conversation with your friends about it - those are perhaps the greatest ways in which we can all engage on this journey.

$322

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jeff, Becca, and Charlotte

    $79

  • Kay Bruner

    $26

  • Kelsey Gebauer

    $27

  • Andy Bruner

    $26

  • Joel and Virginia Lee

    $52

  • Jasmine and Stella

    $52

  • MK

    $40

  • T&J Skinner

    $20

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12% Raised of $2,620 Goal

The Team: $322 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Donor Comments

T&J Skinner

T&J Skinner

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

MK

MK

DONATION: $40

4 years ago

Jasmine and Stella

Jasmine and Stella

DONATION: $52

4 years ago

Joel and Virginia Lee

Joel and Virginia Lee

DONATION: $52

4 years ago

Andy Bruner

Andy Bruner

DONATION: $26

Go Kathryn! I know Kay already contributed but figured you wouldn't mind if I joined in too. :-) 4 years ago

Kelsey Gebauer

Kelsey Gebauer

DONATION: $27

You inspire me. I love you and miss you, sister. 4 years ago

Kay Bruner

Kay Bruner

DONATION: $26

from me to you, for being brave, with lots of love 4 years ago

Jeff, Becca, and Charlotte

Jeff, Becca, and Charlotte

DONATION: $79

26.2 from each of us. Speaking out for mental illness in our families as well. Run KB run! 4 years ago