As many of you already know, I will be attempting to complete the RacingThePlanet Iceland
event that starts on August 4th, 2013. This is a self-supported multi-day run/trek that goes 250 kilometers through the country-side in Iceland. We will be carrying packs that weigh between 8-10 kilos, and running or walking between 40 and 67 kilometers a day, 5 days in a row. In case you were wondering whether the pack really makes a difference, the first time I tried running with my pack, I was passed by a grandmother doing her daily speed-walk.
This letter, however, is not meant to just ask for kind encouragement during the race. I’d like to ask for your support in the form of sponsorship to a cause that is near and dear to my heart, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
(BBR Foundation). BBR Foundation funds research via grants
for improving the treatment of mental illnesses for anything from PTSD
. Mental illnesses are often stigmatized and hidden from the public, despite the fact that nearly a fifth of the world report conditions that qualify for a diagnosis. These illnesses often have a debilitating effect not only on the mentally ill, but on their family and friends as well. My family has been profoundly affected by this over the last 2 decades, and it is a battle that still brings tears to my eyes.