The Nami Walk will be taking place Sunday May 5 2019.  I am walking again to raise money and awareness. I'm walking because I feel the work they do  is very important.  NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans impacted by mental illness.

This disease hits close to home.  It's real in every form it takes!  A real challenge for my loved one. A struggle they would rather not have and live with day to day. It's a journey they didn't choose, but a journey they have to travel. But they don't have to do it alone. No one has to do it alone. There's support and awareness today, acceptance and understanding.  

1 out of 5 individuals suffer with some sort of mental illness.  It is a wide range of conditions-disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Depression, anxiety, panic, bi-polar, addiction, schizophrenia and so many more. It can be short term, or a life long battle, in every form, they are real.  We all know someone. Ourselves, a friend, a family member.   You don't have to be afraid to say you suffer or you know someone.  Nami is here to help.  This year's Nami's slogan is "Not All Heroes Wear Capes"  What it means to me . . .  Everyone is a hero who supports the fight against the stigma of mental illness.  Everyone is a hero who stands and says yes I suffer, yes I know someone who suffers. Everyone is a hero who helps support those who suffer.  No capes, Strength!

NAMI provides support, education, and advocacy to hundreds of thousands of families, individuals, educators, mental health service providers, and law enforcement professionals each year. NAMIWalks helps provide these programs at no cost to the community. 

Nami has been there for me. 

 Your donation will make a difference and help people and families affected by mental illness, maybe even someone you know.

Thank you for supporting not only me but so many others.  

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