On Thursday May 25th, at 3 a.m., I (Paul Kelley) will begin The Inaugural Mississippi to Lake Michigan Run to Reduce Stigma. Approximately 200 miles in 4 days. I will be joined by Jerry Davison and Marvin Doyle May 26th&27th as well as assorted family members and friends as I approach Chicago.
My hope is to attract high school athletes, runners, parents, teachers and other like-minded people to help raise awareness to the stigma associated with mental illness. This is a disease like any other disease but it is not treated as such by the public, insurance companies, school systems, etc…
This many times keeps people from seeking help or being denied the same access as persons with other diseases.
Your participation would improve awareness and initiate discussion about stigma and through open discussion, understanding of people with all diseases. I will be distributing information about Whitney’s Walk (Whitneyswalk.com), an event to be held July 29th to “support programs for depression awareness and suicide prevention.”
I do this for all the parents who know the feeling of tears welling in their eyes when they hope and pray for the child each day. I do this for all the kids who have no one who cares enough to shed a tear for them. I do this for my son Ben, who I think is courageous by going to school each day knowing that the next bully he runs into may be the one who teases him to the point that tears run down his cheeks.
God Bless Us For All Of Our Differences!
Contributions may be made to
c/o Mental Health Association of Illinois Valley
5407 N. University
Peoria, Illinois 61614
Whitneyswalk.com mhaiv.org http://www.stigma.org
Mississippi to Lake Michigan Run to Reduce Stigma -
*Begins at 3 a.m., on Campbell’s Island in the Mississippi River, and will be following Route 84 to Colona and then picking up the Hennepin Canal. Need to run this portion solo or with just 1 or 2 people due to traffic.
*Hennepin Canal for 44 miles to Route 6. Water stops at Geneseo, Mineral, Sheffield and Route 6 underpass. Welcome all who want to join. Should be on canal between approximately 5 a.m.-5-6 p.m.
*Route 6 to Princeton, Illinois Econo Lodge. Approximately 11 miles. Need to run this portion solo or with just 1 or 2 people due to traffic.
*Begins at 6 a.m. on Route 6 in Princeton to Illinois & Michigan Canal in LaSalle. Approximately 27 miles. I&M Canal to Marseilles. Approx. 22 miles.
Welcome all who want to join. Should be on canal between approximately 1p.m.-5-6 p.m.
*Spend Night in Marseilles
*Begins at Marseilles 6 a.m. on I&M Canal towpath. 51 miles to Lockport
Welcome all who want to join. Should be on canal between approximately
6 a.m.-5-6 p.m.
*Spend night in Lockport.
*Pick up Archer Ave., in Lockport, and follow all the way to Michigan Ave. North on Michigan Ave. to Grant park and north along lake to Chicago River.
Anyone who runs, walks or joins in may make contributions to the Mental Health Association of Illinois Valley
mhaiv.org runstoreducestigma.comFor more information email firstname.lastname@example.org