Hi, my name is Bagel. I live in Chicago and I love people, string cheese and ear scratches (and especially people who give me string cheese and ear scratches).
I am known for my wiggly butt. I was born without a tail (I just have a little nubbin), so when I am happy to see you (which is always because I love you very much), I wiggle my entire back half. This seems to make people happy, and I like to make people happy.
Unfortunately, some people have a hard time being happy. People who struggle with Depression, Bipolar Disorder and other mental illness are often not able to control their emotions or actions, no matter how much they want to. Mental illnesses are diseases of the brain - they are no different from diabetes, heart disease or cancer and they can be just as deadly. If I could wiggle my butt to make mental illness go away, I would. But instead, I am raising money to help fund research that will help to treat Bipolar Disorder, which is a particularly complex mental illness.
Bipolar Disorder involves periods of being extremely “up,” (elated, irritable, or energized behavior - known as manic episodes) to very “down,” (sad, indifferent, or hopeless periods - known as depressive episodes). The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is a non-profit organization that is working to fund research that could eventually find a test for Bipolar Disorder. The thing about Bipolar Disorder is that it's super hard to diagnose, which makes it even harder to treat. If there was a test, that would help people who are suffering get treatment that much faster. It would mean they could be happy that much sooner. And, as I mentioned, I like it when people are happy.
I would love your help as I raise money for the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation. If you can contribute, that would be great. If you can share this page with your friends and family, that would be great, too. The fact that you even came to this page makes me very happy!
Thank you for your time and your support. I love you more than string cheese.