Drive Away Eating Disorders


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Going the Distance

Elisa was a funny, kind and smart college student. She was what all parents wish for their children to be, but Elisa lived every day with shame, guilt and a disease that was killing her.

Rick, her father, did everything he could to help her. In 1996, Elisa ultimately took her life by suicide, but not before she logged in her diary her fondest memories. Times of her dad and her taking cross-country road trips. Time with her dad, spent on the road, were her happiest.

Twenty years later, Drive Away Eating Disorders a virtual fundraiser, is created to honor Elisa and Rick by continuing to fund critical resources and services that educate and prevent eating disorders, and to help those who are suffering.

When you participate in Drive Away Eating Disorders, you stand with thousands of people across the state of Texas who share your passion and commitment to fighting against eating disorders. You raise money to expand programs and provide awareness education to ensure those living with eating disorders have access to the best possible care. You advocate for policies that prioritize access to treatment and you provide funding that supports individuals through their long journey to recovery.

When we drive together, we pave the way to a culture that is free of the guilt and shame that currently steers a potentially life-threatening disease.

Eating disorders are curable, but the road is full of obstacles. Be a part of Going the Distance.

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When
Wednesday January 15th
Where
Texas, USA
Texas, USA

Why Drive
Drive for Abigail and Those Like Her

Abigail was a 7th grade, straight “A” athlete in school who was living with a life-threatening eating disorder. Her mother, father and four siblings had no idea where to go or what to do. Abigail had missed many days of school, her family life had become hostile and unstable, she couldn’t sleep, and the most simple life tasks had become unmanageable. Her grades began to falter and her health deteriorated. After three visits to the emergency room, due to medical complications from her eating disorder, Abigail and her family were referred to Texas Eating Disorders Association (TEDA).

TEDA stepped in to provide her family educational services, empowering them to support Abigail at home. Additionally, Abigail's school counselor, nurse and teachers were equipped with a plan to modify her school schedule so that she hasn’t missed a day since. Finally, Abigail and her family were given access to a team of eating disorder professionals who jump-started her journey to recovery.

TEDA is Going the Distance for Abigail, her family and hundreds of others just like her.


***THE TEAM CAPTAIN WHO RAISES THE MOST MONEY AT THE END OF THE FUNDRAISER (FEB. 18th) WILL WIN A FREE CAR!!***

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