I am writing today to tell you about an upcoming event that I am participating in that is both very important and very exciting to me. It is NAMIWalks for the Mind of America, NAMI’s signature walkathon event that is being held in Houston, TX at Sam Houston Park/Allen Parkway on May 1, 2010.
Mental illness is something that I care very deeply about. I have personally been affected through my diagnosis of bipolar disorder in 2001 and there are people that I have met throughout my life that have been affected too. Too many people in our country are suffering with mental illness. While I really hope to raise money my number one motivation in being involved is to truly stomp out stigma. I know how it feels to be judged unfairly due to my diagnosis. I wish that when I was first told of my affliction with this disease I had known of the support that NAMI offers. This organization is truly a blessing.
I would like to ask you to come and walk with me or to donate to support my participation in this great event. Visit my personal walker page to sign up: http://www.nami.org/
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the largest education, support and advocacy organization that serves the needs of all those whose lives are touched by these illnesses. This includes persons with mental illness, their families, friends, employers, the law enforcement community and policy makers. The NAMI organization is composed of approximately 1100 local affiliates, 50 state offices and a national office.
The goals of the NAMIWalks program are: to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness, to build awareness of the fact that the mental health system in this country needs to be improved, and to raise funds for NAMI so that they can continue their mission.
NAMI is a 501(c)3 charity and any donation you make to support my participation in this event is tax deductible. NAMI has been rated by Worth magazine as among the top 100 charities "most likely to save the world" and has been given an "A" rating by The American Institute of Philanthropy for efficient and effective use of charitable dollars.
Thank you in advance for your support.