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MOM Race helps make Michigan more mentally healthy
Ninth Annual Mind Over Matter (MOM) Charity 5K Run/Walk to take place May 3 in Royal Oak
What’s new this year:
• We have a brand new, user-friendly website at www.MOMrace.org.
• Several mental health practitioners will be on hand at the race to talk to participants and offer free depression screenings.
• Pre-registration is required for this year's race, unlike previous years in which same-day registration was available. Learn more. (http://www.momrace.org/?
Royal Oak City Commissioner Peggy Goodwin notes how much the MOM race has moved the needle on mental health awareness in the area. “Mind Over Matter was the first public event in our community to bring suicide prevention to light,” she says, noting that she founded Royal Oak SAFE (https://www.facebook.com/
“My father died by suicide in 1968 and I lived many years in silence,” Goodwin says. “I know first-hand the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide in one’s fam
The MOM race is also an invaluable community for those living with mental illness. Casco, MI resident Amy Suess has become an avid fundraiser for MOM as a result of the struggle to find the right resources for her daughter. To date, she has raised almost $2,000 through various fundraising efforts. “When living with mental health illnesses in your life — directly or indirectly — it can become extremely exhausting trying to find the right treatment, hospital stays, insurance concerns, lack of resources, and not to mention financial issues to get your loved one the help they need and deserve. Through Mind Over Matter you gain support, knowledge, resources, experience and understanding of others in similar situations,”
Many area businesses are also aligning with this important cause, including first-time business sponsor Beaumont Health System. “Beaumont’
This year’s title sponsor is once again Forget-Me-Not Thrift Store (http://www.forgetmenotthriftstore.com/
MOM is looking forward to continuing to make a positive impact with another great event on May 3. Participants can register by mail through April 15, online through April 27, or in person at Community Choice Credit Union from 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2. For more information and pricing, visit the registration page at www.MOMrace.org.
Those who are unable to participate in the 2014 MOM Race, but would like to show their support, can also make a donation (http://www.momrace.org/?
Learn more about the MOM story (http://www.momrace.org/?