NAMI Walks

Dec. 31st, 2008 10:25 am
katydaqueen: (Default)
Dear Friends,
I am writing you today to tell you about an upcoming event that I am participating in that is both very important and very exciting to me. It is NAMIWalks for the Mind of America, NAMI’s signature walkathon event that is being held in Tempe, AZ at Tempe Town Lake/Beach Park on March 29, 2009.
I started a team here at work because the work the NAMI does is so important to me. I am walking for Konal. I am walking for Steve. I am walking for Mom & Chris. I am walking for Cinder & Kyla. I am walking for Aidan. I am walking because I support Brain research and Stigma busting and being able to achieve without depression, bipolar or more holding you back. I am walking because NAMI was there when I needed them, and I want them to be there for others.
I would like to ask you to come and walk with me or to donate to support my participation in this great event. Visit my personal walker page to sign up: It features a link to my team's page there where you can see who else is walking with me. There is also a link so you can donate directly to me online. Donating online is fast and secure, and I'll get immediate notification via e-mail of your donation.
NAMI, the Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness, formerly the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, is the largest education, support and advocacy organization that serves the needs of all those whose lives are touched by these illnesses. This includes persons with mental illness, their families, friends, employers, the law enforcement community and policy makers. The NAMI organization is composed of approximately 1100 local affiliates, 50 state offices and a national office.
The goals of the NAMIWalks program are: to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness, to build awareness of the fact that the mental health system in this country needs to be improved and to raise funds for NAMI so that they can continue their mission.
NAMI is a 501(c)3 charity and any donation you make to support my participation in this event is tax deductible. NAMI has been rated by Worth magazine as among the top 100 charities "most likely to save the world" and has been given an "A+" rating by The American Institute of Philanthropy for efficient and effective use of charitable dollars. NAMI has also been given 4 out of 4 stars by The Charity Navigator for short-term spending practices and long-term sustainability.
Thank you in advance for your support.

Come walk with me.

Sincerely, Krista Long
katydaqueen: (Default)
When Konal first started having difficulties, I started looking for answers. Intuition told me that there was more than met the eye involved. We have had consultations, specialists, test after test that would leave us both in tears. You could tell me tomorrow he has a brain tumor, and I would probably deal with it better than what we have. We need to know what we are dealing with, instead of this constant round of finding yet another thing wrong. Konal is picking up on this. When he was tested for Wilson's Disease, I was informed by one of his teachers that he was talking about it like if he had it, everything would be all better. And when the tests were inconclusive? I think our hearts just broke a little bit more.

So, as part of this continual quest for answers, comes this new study:
As a mother who hangs on every word, I just wanted to say, "Thank you, researchers and scientists" Because you keep trying, we have hope.

April 2009

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