Hi all! I know I’ve been away from the blogosphere for a while, but I thought I’d trying reaching out to it for a good cause.
I am doing the NEDA walk in Boston this upcoming April to raise money to support awareness, advocacy, and aid for eating disorders. This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, and it would mean the world to me to be able to make a big contribution.
I’m walking because I am hungry for hope and fighting for freedom; because when I use my voice, my eating disorder has none; because I am beating anorexia and bulimia with every smile, meal, and moment- and I want to help others know it’s possible to do the same.
I’m walking because I am not a number: a weight, a GPA, a clothing size, a statistic; because I will never be a slave to anorexia or bulimia again; because I am finally free. I’m walking because not having an eating disorder is the biggest weight off my shoulders.
I’m walking for those who cannot do so themselves: the millions who suffer in silence and without support, and the thousands who die to be thin. I’m walking because someone could be walking in my memory; because I’m so lucky to be alive.
It doesn’t matter how much or little you donate. Many people giving little amounts can do great things, and that’s what I’m been hoping for. For $2 you can get a soda, you can pay for a few hours at a parking meter, you can buy a reese’s, or get a big mac. $5 is less than a ticket for a movie, or an hour in a parking garage, or a latte, or a sandwich at panera, or any number of things we all buy fairly regularly. Whether you know it or not, we all know someone who’s been affected by an eating disorder. Think about it- you give up one of your daily beverages, and you help save lives. It’s tax deductible, and a nice way to keep up that resolution to “give more” or “be more charitable” that so many people make.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead