Need a reason to train? Run for schizophrenia in the Vancouver Marathon!
What? You can run 8, 21 or 42 km
Why? To raise money for schizophrenia help.
When? Run is Sunday, May 7, 2017, but sign up now, as we will set up a giving page to help your friends donate in support.
How? Contact Ben at: email@example.com or 604-270-7841 or join online
Join B.C. Schizophrenia Society on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at this year’s BMO Vancouver Marathon. We are excited to be an Official Charity through Run4Hope, a program developed to celebrate and support community organizations through fundraising support. In an effort to prepare for this fantastic opportunity, we are building a dynamic, energetic and celebratory BCSS Team of enthusiastic volunteers and runners.
Why do you run?
“I run because I adore my son, and I feel like he is lost to me right now. I run because of the pain, distress and distrust I see in his eyes every day. I run because I want somebody to figure this disorder out and tell me what I can do to help him. I run because I want everyone to know about schizophrenia and what it is like to live with it, so they will have compassion and patience with those that do. I run because I want my son back, and there isn’t a whole lot else I can do other than wait and show love and support. I run to raise awareness and funds.
In his mid-teens [my son’s] personality started changing; he was very depressed, he started cutting classes and self-medicating. At 20 years old he was finally diagnosed with schizophrenia and we started our journey into the world of mental illness. Like so many before us we didn’t even know where to start, but have been lucky that we were able to attend some education sessions and have formed a network of support. We rely on groups like the BCSS for information and professional support.
So why run? Because I don’t want anyone to be afraid to tell someone else they are sick or their loved one is sick because they are afraid of a reaction based on ignorance. Because I would like research to be funded so that my beautiful son will one day come back to me. Recovery is possible, and expected but a lot of help is required.”
- Guelda Redman, mother and runner for Team BCSS
By committing to raise donations for BCSS, runners receive a discounted registration fee when they sign up for one of four great courses – a 2.5 km charity walk, 8 km charity run, half-marathon or full marathon. Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, runners of all levels are encouraged to participate. The courses lead runners past some of Vancouver’s most iconic landmarks and will provide spectacular views of the city, ocean and mountains. As part of the BCSS Team, you will have the fundraising tools you need to successfully raise dollars and awareness on behalf of the 1 in 100 individuals in B.C. (46,000 people) and their 24/7 caregivers who are challenged daily by the world’s most prevalent and devastating brain disease.
Come help us make this event an outstanding success.
If you would like to participate, or if you have any questions, please contact Ben at 604-270-7841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Year’s Runners!
Thank you so much to all the runners and volunteers who participated in the 2016 event.
- Jason Dulai
- Natalie Johnson
- Joanne Kent
- Stuart McIntosh
- Celine Modschiedler
- Lucy Scarabelli
- Stigma Stompers
- Team Heimburger
- Maija Tiesmaki
- Peter Toth