Thank you for your support!
I walk for Sara.
My family lost my sister, Sara, October 21, 2014. Her light shined, even in the most difficult times of treatment to fight her eating disorder. We loved Sara fiercely, and don't want anyone to go through what our family has gone through. Her life was taken too early by a disease most don't understand.
Eating disorders are brain based, biological illnesses with a strong genetic component. They are not disorders of choice, vanity or family dysfunction. As with so many other diseases, we don't know everything, but we know some treatments work more effectively than others. It's a process that sometimes takes a lifetime to fight.
Our team name, Tortoise and the Hare, is in honor of Sara. Her friends at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston purchased two bronze figurines for the museum's permanent collection in her name. A turtle and a hare. Ironically, at treatment, Sara was given a personality test separating people into two groups: the turtles and the rabbits. Sara was a turtle. Without that knowledge, the MFAH was lead to these figurines. A God wink perhaps? Or a sign from Sara that the museum just can't shake her :)
The walk will benefit both the National Eating Disorder Association and Elisa Project with 60% of the funds raised going BACK into DFW schools to promote awareness and prevention of life-threatening disordered eating through education, support and advocacy. The National Eating Disorders Association's vision is to eliminate eating disorders globally by promoting positive body image and self-esteem and by discouraging dieting behaviors, drive for thinness, and body dissatisfaction. NEDA provides critical programs and services to support individuals and families affected by eating disorders like their National toll-free Helpline, Annual Conference, Parents, Families and Friends Network, NEDA Navigators and Preventative Tookits for Parents and Educators.
Thank you so much for your support. Our family's goal is to help fight eating disorders any way we can. Please help me fill my thermometer by forwarding my page to anyone you think might want to join in the cause with us!
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