Dear family and friends,

 

I have registered to run in the Inaugural SpeakUp5k Tampa on October 22nd.  A portion of the proceeds raised with this race will benefit the Healthy Transitions Program at The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.  This national movement is designed to identify youth and young adults struggling to achieve self-sufficiency due to barriers in services and stigma attached to mental and behavioral health.

 

One in five teens suffer from some form of mental illness, and while 80% can be treated successfully, less than 33% get help.  Funds raised by the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation help to provide mental health programming for teens free of charge.

 

The SpeakUp5k race was the vision of Cameron Gallagher, a 16-year-old from Richmond, Virginia, living with depression and anxiety.  She wanted to urge other teens who were suffering to come forward and “SpeakUp” about their personal struggles. Before she could put her plans in motion, Cameron passed away suddenly in the embrace of her parents, having just completed her first big race, the Shamrock Half-Marathon in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  By creating the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, her family is making her dream a reality.  The foundation strives to erase the stigma surrounding mental illness by raising awareness and understanding though education.  To learn more about Cameron and the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, please visit their website (http://ckgfoundation.org).

 

I would love your support, either by registering to run with me at the race (click here to register) or by donating on my Crowdrise page at _____________________________. 

 

Please consider making a difference in the lives of suffering teenagers, their families, and their friends.  I’d love to have you participate in any way that is meaningful to you.

 

Let’s all SpeakUp!