Like millions of other people in this world, mental illness has tremendously affected our family, this is why we feel that we must do something. In the past 17 years we have lost 2 key family members and our hearts will forever be incomplete without them. Although they are at peace and no longer suffering, we hurt... but we choose to turn that hurt into something positive. We will as a family help to educate in order to reduce the stigma that is associated with mental illnesses. We want it to be known that it is okay to seek help. NAMI walks is the perfect venue for us to come together, be there for each other and let everyone know that we must be stigma free.