100 Miles of Hope

A personal campaign sponsored by Lexi Smith

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Hello!  My name is Lexi Smith.  On February 6, I’m going to run the Rocky Raccoon 100 (yes, that does mean 100 miles!) to benefit the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. I’ve been inspired to use this race to do what I can to improve the lives of those living with mental illness because of the difference that running has made in my own battle. Almost three years ago, God used running to completely change my perspective on life. What he’s taught me has given me hope in my struggle with anxiety.

There are so many people today who still live without hope. That’s where the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation comes in. They do vital work by funding research about various kinds of mental illnesses, including autism, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and more. They also educate the public to work on removing stigma.

Please join me in the fight against mental illness! Make a donation through my fundraising campaign for the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and include those battling with mental illness in your prayers.


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 bbrfoundation.org 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 https://bbrfoundation.org/financial-information.


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