Running for Research

A personal campaign sponsored by Jennifer Spangler

April 9, 2016

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Hi! My name is Jennifer Spangler! My Running for Research campaign to benefit the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation began as a testament to the endurance required by a person with mental illness to live a successful productive life. But as I reached out to donors my campaign transformed into a beautiful portrait of the many individuals that have supported me during my 18 year journey with bipolar disorder.

Breaking my silence in a time of remission has transformed my relationships, the most notable relationship being with myself. I could not have done this without the scientific facts and resources from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation!

I am running the Virginia 529 Kids Run on April 9th in Richmond VA with my 4 year-old daughter and husband of 14 years because I believe informed family and friends facilitate successful treatment.

Please join me in 1) advancing mental health science to alleviate the suffering caused by mental illness and 2) investing in the public seminars and symposia where scientists share new discoveries with the public to reduce stigma and encourage treatment. 

Whether you have an illness like I do or are a family member, teacher, or friend, I believe this organization will help you find joy in your journey!

Please help me reach my Running for Research $5,000 goal!


Here is why the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is worthy of your donation:

Since awarding the first NARSAD Grant in 1987, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has awarded more than $340 million to fund more than 5,000 grants to more than 4,000 scientists around the world. They are the world’s leading private funder of mental health research.

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation supports innovative research. These discoveries are definitively changing what it means to live with mental illness. Grants are awarded with the following three research priorities in mind:

  • Basic Research- The discovery of “susceptibility genes,” deepening our understanding of causes and risk factors for mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

  • New Technologies- Innovative treatments for severe depression when drug therapy fails including deep brain stimulation , optogenetics and transcranial magnetic stimulation

  • Next Generation Therapies - The development of new medications for the 30 percent of people with schizophrenia who do not respond to traditional drug therapy

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has core values that make them worthy of each dollar you invest

  • Better treatments and breakthroughs come from scientific discovery.

  • Only fund scientists whose research is reviewed and recommended by a world-renowned Scientific Council including Nobel prize winners and chairs of psychiatric departments.

  • 100% of contributions for research go directly to research. Costs for administration and fund raising are underwritten by outside grants.

  • Our financial operations must be transparent. Those who manage our Foundation must be committed to honesty and integrity.

  • Strategic partnerships that further our mission will be developed with transparency

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation website is a treasure trove of information. Please visit to learn more about various illnesses and the discoveries that are changing how they treat and prevent mental illness. To learn more about the financial integrity of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation visit


All proceeds will benefit The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation(formerly NARSAD), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, committed to alleviating the suffering of mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. 100% of all donor contributions for research are invested in NARSAD Grants leading to discoveries in understanding causes and improving treatments of disorders in children and adults, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders like obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorders.


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