For those who don't know, my mother, Joanne DeMartini suffered from mental illness throughout my childhood until she took her own life almost fifteen years ago. While she suffered from manic depression and schizoaffective disorder, she was the most loving, gracious, warm, and welcoming mother a son could have. My mother’s mental illness affected my childhood dramatically, if awareness was higher and medical support better, she could have had a very different outcome, something I still wish today.
In honor of her fifteen-year anniversary since she passed (May 15th) and Mother's Day on May 13th, my wife Leigh DeMartini, my daughter Lily Joanne DeMartini, and my son Cole Parker DeMartini and I will be walking in the 13th annual NAMIWalks NYC event on Saturday May 12th. The walk raises awareness of mental health issues and raises funds for NAMI-NYC Metro's no-cost support, advocacy and education services for families and individuals impacted by mental illness. If you would like to join us in the walk/run, please register at the link below:
This is an issue I care deeply about (so much so that I am on the Board) and it would mean so much to me if you could help me get to my goal of $25,000 by Saturday, May 12th. To make a tax-deductible contribution, support me in my efforts, and help change the lives of families and individuals living with mental illness, please click here:
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Please let us know if you plan to attend the walk/run as we would really appreciate your company and support. Leigh and I will both be doing the 5k run with Cole and Lily in tow. Please meet us at 8:30am at South Street Seaport Promenade - located at the intersection of South and Fulton Streets.
Walk Schedule: 8:00-10:00am: Walker/Runner check-in and registration
9:00am: 5K Run begins - $40 entrance fee 10:00am: Walk Start 11:00am-1pm: Post Walk #IWillListen Day fair