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University Eating Disorder Awareness Walk
Date: Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at Nickerson Field (BU), 10:30am - 12pm.
Registration is from 9:30am-10:30am. Event will proceed, rain or shine.
Walk MC: Candy O'Terry, co-host of MAGIC 106.7's Magic in the Mornings and President of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment
"I recovered from a 25 year battle with bulimia. I went into treatment 12 years ago and I know that without it, I would not have recovered. I know the shame and embarrassment felt by individuals struggling and the helplessness of their families. Eating disorders are not a choice. They are treatable illnesses that require a treatment team of medical professionals and mental health specialists. No one should ever be denied access to treatment and no one should ever die as a result of suffering from an eating disorder. That is why events like these are so crucial. The FREED Foundation is excited to be partnering with HRS to not just shine a light on this issue, but also to raise much needed funds for college students seeking treatment." – Gail Schoenbach, FREED Foundation
"Events like this walk help those who are struggling with eating disorders see that they are not alone, that the community is there to support them in finding the appropriate resources. Life transitions are a time of risk for developing eating disorders, and college is a major life transition. I suffered for almost a decade with an eating disorder that hit hard in college. At the time, there were no resources and very little in the way of awareness of eating disorders. In recovery for over a decade now, there's nothing better than to carry a message of hope to college campuses nationwide. Help is available for life-long recovery from an eating disorder. With the right support and treatment, students can live healthy and abundant lives." – Dr. Kim Dennis, Timberline Knolls
"Eating disorders (EDs) can be deadly. Sadly, our family's experience is proof of this reality. We lost our 19-year-old daughter, Andrea, to one year of bulimic behaviors. The good news is that EDs are treatable and complete healing is absolutely possible, especially when the intervention is early and treatment is skilled. Yet, recognizing an ED in ourselves or in loved ones can be a challenge, especially given the trivialization about their seriousness and the multitude of misunderstandings around the "whats, hows and whys." That is why this event is so vital--we cannot respond to an illness appropriately when we are unaware of its truths, OR the many "masks" the illness can wear. I see this Walk as a matter of life and death: yours or someone you love." – Doris Smeltzer, Andrea's Voice Foundation
"I believe in this event because I know the power of like-minded people coming together to share truth and to stand for freedom. It's time to turn the tide against eating disorders and body image issues. We draw strength from each other by participating in events like this one, and leave more equipped to return to our communities with a passion and a mission to effect the change we long for." – Constance Rhodes, FINDINGbalance.
Ms. Rhodes will also be singing her recovery song, "More Than A Number"
Art Exhibit: iaedp's Imagine Me Beyond What You See
“Imagine Me Beyond What You See” is an art exhibit designed to promote a healthy awareness and acceptance of body image through the use of decorated mannequins. It is comprised of two components, both of which will be part of our event. The first part is a short film, which narrates the stories behind mannequin entries and artists. While the second component displays and describes 18x24 mounted posters of these mannequins.
Media and Video Sponsors:
Hynes Recovery Services and the F.R.E.E.D. Foundation are honored to have the organizations listed below as supporters of this event. Due to their generous support, we will be able to provide much needed financial assistance to college students in need of treatment.
• Boston Children's Hospital Female Athlete Program: Division of Sports Medicine
• Eating Disorders Coalition
• Mental Fitness, Inc.
• O'Connor Professional Group
• Andrea's Voice Foundation
• ED Collaborative of Massachusetts
• Mended Wing Counseling
• Screening for Mental Health
• Behavioral Nutrition
• Body Project
• Eating Disorders Institute
• Eating Disorders Resource Center
• Healthy Minds Network
• Hope Network
• Mainely Girls
• Rewrite Beautiful
• Soolman Nutrition
• We Are Diabetes
• Cambridge Eating Disorders Center
• The Emily Program
• Monte Nido
Money raised during this event will be provided to college students in need of treatment support. In addition, donations will be made to Boston Children’s Hospital Female Athlete Program and the Eating Disorders Coalition. For more information on this event, or to learn about walk sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dawn Hynes, Event Co-Chair at: Dawn@hynesrecovery.com.