Two years ago I lost my younger brother, Dylan. He suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Depression. One in four Americans and millions more around the world live with mental illness. Sadly, there is a social stigma around mental disorders in part because we still do not fully understand these diseases.
I have decided to do something about it.
A close friend, Brian Litke, and I will be competing in our first Ironman 70.3 triathlon on May 7th in Saint George, Utah, one of the most challenging courses in the country. The distances covered are a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run, with nearly 4,000 FT in elevation gain throughout the course. We will train for 4 months in preparation for our race, which we will dedicate to creating awareness for all those who suffer from OCD and depression.
We are partnering with a wonderful institution, The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The foundation awards grants to young, mid-career and senior scientists with the hope that their innovative 'out of the box' research will lead to breakthrough advancements and ultimately cures for mental illnesses.
Update 5/10/16: Brian and I finished our challenging Ironman successfully!
Update 8/10/16: We decided to leave this open and continue accepting donations. Anything is appreciated and 100% of proceeds will go directly to the foundation.