BENEFITING: Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR CAUSE
I am racing at Ironman Louisville and I have decided to race for a cause close to my heart and in honor of a great man.
In January of 2013, I lost my family home to a fire. I was in the house when it caught fire and was able to escape unharmed physically. Mentally, though, I was distraught and began to suffer from PTSD. During this time, I began to see a psychologist to help me get through it. I still suffer from anxiety disorder and show PTSD symptoms from time to time, but thanks to the help I received from seeing a psychologist, I have been able to control them.
I am a huge advocate of seeking help for mental health problems or even seeking out the help of a psychologist if you need to speak to someone and I hope you will support me as I raise funds for the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
"The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. Their vision is to bring the joy of living to those affected by mental illness – those who are ill and their loved ones" by providing treatments and breakthroughs.
I will be racing Ironman Louisville, not just for myself and how far I have come in the past two years but also in honor of Mike Hayes. Mike Hayes was my boyfriend's father, a great man who suffered from depression and decided to end his life. My boyfriend has been and continues to be my number one supporter for seeking help for my anxiety disorder because he understands the mental health is incredibly important.
I want to thank you in advance for your support and supporting those who suffer from mental health disorders.