For the last two years NAMI Fort Wayne has been proud to host a fun and festive 5 K and One-Mile walk in Foster Park on Independence Day. In an effort to have a safe family-friendly event we were forced to face the fact that COVID-19 is unpredictable. We have also faced the reality that NAMI Fort Wayne must still have a fundraiser to allow us to continue offering support, education, and awareness for anyone affected by mental illness.
Our July 4, 2020 5 K will be a virtual event. We share the disappointment that many of our participants feel. We are also sure that our participants share our belief that the first priority of any community event must be safety.
In the next few days our registration page will be updated with the details of how our new event will be organized and how you can contribute to the fun. In 2021 we will return with a physical event in Foster Park. Thank you for supporting the only Fourth of July Fort Wayne running event that benefits a non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness.
Your support of NAMI allows us to continue serving northeast Indiana through support, education, and advocacy. One NAMI Fort Wayne member has said, "Our family sunk into despair when we were unable to deal with the emotional devastation of watching our loved-ones lose the ability to manage the realities of everyday life. Once-productive family members were robbed of their competency to hold a job or form meaningful relationships. We were losing all the joy in our lives.
At our first visit to a NAMI Fort Wayne support group we immediately felt accepted. We connected with several people affected by mental illness and shared ideas about helping our families. We later took Family-To-Family, a free 11 week class that empowered us to form our own strategies to navigate mental illness. Life still presents many challenges but thanks to NAMI we face those challenges with hope."
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