Dear Friends and Family,

It's time again for our annual NAMIWalk/Silicon Valley fundraiser for mental illness.   This year I'm partnering with Ginny Traub and her Strong Soles Team.  Ginny’s employer, Visa Corp is matching their employee’s donations to NAMI up to $5,000, and our Strong Soles team will supplement her VISA team donations. Together, Ginny and I know our efforts will get us closer to reaching our goals of parity and increased resources for individuals and families faced with mental health challenges.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness was started right here in San Mateo County in 1979 and has grown to be the Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness with a home office in Fairfax VA. The money from this event goes directly to the NAMI San Mateo County and Santa Clara County chapters for:

  1. Associated costs for maintaining, training & educating staff, volunteers, families and individuals with mental illnesses.
  2. Generating and disseminating information on new research, treatment, and legislation affecting people and families with mental illnesses.
  3. Coordinating with hospitals, treatment facilities, agencies, legislators, volunteers and the general public to get appropriate services to people and to address the myths and stigma associated with mental illness.

Please walk with us on September 23rd or join us in spirit by donating to this event. (Click on "Support Me" above).  Any amount large or small will help us make a huge difference in bringing about the changes we need to help our loved ones achieve their hopes and dreams. Recovery is possible, and, for many, it's getting closer every day.

THANK YOU!

Kathy Marr Stern

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