I Walk for You

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On my 2,613 mile walk across America beginning July 21st, I will be devoting my energy for all those who suffer from Eating Disorders. Whether you’re personally struggling, have walked this agonizing path and overcome, or are cheering on a loved one…I walk for you.

During the worst years of my eating disorder, my mom stood by me night and day. She attempted to get me into treatment. There was none readily available in Eastern Washington. Any out-of-state inpatient facilities were self pay, costing thousands and thousands of dollars, simply unattainable. She never stopped looking, stopped researching, stopped praying. I remember my dad looking at me with such sadness in his eyes as my body dwindled away to nothing. But my loved ones never left my side…I walk for you.

For all of you: my friends, my family, those who encourage me and believe in me, for those of you personally battling this demon…I walk for you. For you who tirelessly stand by your loved ones, watching them struggle and fight, encouraging them, never leaving them…I walk for you.

I walk to make a change, to help those who are hurting. I want more treatment readily available for those who cannot afford it or access it. Please join me in my efforts! My goal is to raise $5,000.00…that’s less than $2.00 from you for every mile that I walk! I believe with this small offer of generosity, we can help change the world!

Stay updated on my journey by liking me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RaeWalksAcrossAmerica. You’ll catch all the preparation action, journey pictures, and we’ll meet a lot of cool people along the way!

Donate now: http://www.youcaring.com/other/rae-walks-across-america-for-eating-disorder-awareness/62318

Consider these statistics:

•Among western women between 15 and 24 years old, approximately 1 out of every 200 suffers from anorexia nervosa, while about 1 in 50 is bulimic.
•Between 10 and 50 percent of American college women report having binge eaten and then vomited to control their weight.
•Approximately 40 percent of American girls ages 9 and 10 report being or having been on a diet to lose weight.
•Some 50 to 60 percent of teenage American girls believe they are overweight, yet only 15 to 20 percent of them actually are overweight.
Individuals with eating disorders are at the highest risk of premature death (from both natural and unnatural causes) of all people who suffer from psychiatric disorders.

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About raelawrence

After struggling with an Eating Disorder for 10 years, I have found that part of my recovery is helping other people. Sharing my story of recovery in hopes of helping at least one person is so important to me. My goal is to reduce the stigma surrounding Eating Disorders and other mental health illnesses. When we feel shamed and embarrassed and feel we can't talk about what we're struggling with, it only leads to more sickness. Talk! Tell your story! Share your successes! Help the person next to you! Let's change the world together!

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