Thanks for visiting my page! If you don’t know who I am, my name is Lindsey, I’m an engineer and former collegiate track and field athlete gone rogue. I’m spending the next year raising money for The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation through running.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by 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, schizophrenia, anxiety, autism, and bipolar, attention-deficit hyperactivity, post-traumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
Over the next year I will be running 12 different races, in 12 different states/providences, leading up to my first ever marathon. I will be matching the cost of each race entry as a personal donation to The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and am asking for help in furthering the donation I will be able to make at the end of the year!
Running has always been my outlet, through high school, college, and even now in the professional world. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to find a way to cope with the struggles of stress, anxiety, and other mental challenges can impact daily life. Nearly 1 in 4 Americans have a diagnosed mental illness, and many more are suffering without any form of formal diagnosis. I have supported countless friends as they struggle with various forms of mental illnesses and come to see that it’s hardly a cut and dry situation. The stigma, awareness, understanding, and available resources, for both those personally struggling with mental illness and those assisting and supporting individuals around them as they cope with mental illness, leaves a lot to be desired.
I have spent the past years running races for fun, but this year when I decided to run one race a month for the entire year, I wanted to do it for a bigger reason. 2015/2016 were extremely challenging, for both myself and many of those around me, from a mental health perspective. I dealt with resurfacing, sometimes debilitating, stress and bouts of anxiety. I watched friends struggle with anxiety, depression, and suicide. With the culmination of these things and my background in science and research, it seemed natural that I align my running with The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. My goal for 2017 is to raise at least $10,000 to help fund scientific, mental health research.