The Janie Rae Band                                 Benjamin Bruner                                      Emily Molina                                          Scott Bullock

Tri-State Eating Disorder Resource Team hosted the 4th Annual Greater Cincinnati National Eating Disorder Association Walk on September 6, 2014 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on the beautiful Dearborn Trails overlooking the Ohio River.  The theme for the walk was “Finding Joy in the Journey”, and right on cue the warm sun welcomed everyone.  130 guests listened to beautiful music performed by Janie Rae Band as they visited sponsors' exhibit tables, shopped at the Silent Auction, and enjoyed face painting, games, refreshments or good conversation.  

 

September 6, 2014

The talented MC, Benjamin Bruner, welcomed guests and kept the program moving.  Janie Rae Band opened the ceremony with an original song titled “Don’t Count Me Out Yet” that was written to celebrate recovery.  Paula Bruner, the Walk Coordinator, shared information about NEDA and TSEDRT programs.  NEDA’s programs include Information and Referral Helpline, Click to Chat, On-line Screening Tool, Annual Conference, Feeding Hope Fund, Parent Family and Friends Network, NEDAwareness Week, Proud2Bme, and Solutions Through Advocacy and Reform (STAR).  TSEDRT is a NEDA network member, and supports Project HEAL, another NEDA network member providing treatment scholarships to those unable to pay for treatment. TSEDRT support groups meet monthly and are free and confidential; the first Friday of the month group meets at Lindner Center of HOPE, and the second Friday of the month group meets at Lawrenceburg Community Center.  TSEDRT also offers free awareness/prevention presentations to schools and organizations as well as events during NEDAwareness Week.

 

Emily Molina representing Shannon’s Butterflies shared her personal story.  Emily’s sister, Shannon, struggled with an eating disorder for many years and tragically ended her life in 2010.  Shannon resisted help for her eating disorder.  Emily encouraged everyone to reach out, talk about mental health, and seek a professional treatment team.  Emily held up HOPE, a small stuffed bear she gave to Shannon.  HOPE was named by Shannon, and Emily asked everyone to remember, repeat and share her message – “RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE” – there is Joy on the Journey!

 

Scott Bullock MSW, LISW-S from Lindner Center of HOPE spoke about the joy of being part of a recovery team and seeing many individuals and families successfully recover and continue their journey in life.  The team at Lindner Center of HOPE is extremely dedicated and helps through all stages of recovery.  Scott encouraged everyone attending to help grow the NEDA Walk and support NEDA’s programs.  Lindner Center of HOPE celebrates and supports recovery, and showed their support at the walk.  The Lindner team had the distinction of raising the most funds to help fight against eating disorders.  Lindner Center of HOPE led everyone on the walk.  We are grateful for the work Lindner Center of HOPE does in fighting against eating disorders and reaching out to our community.

The walk was sponsored by Hy-Tek Material Handling, Dearborn County Hospital, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Laureate Eating Disorder Programs, and Lindner Center of HOPE and many in-kind sponsors.  Thanks to the generous support of everyone, NEDA and TSEDRT are able to continue Finding Joy in the Journey!  Special thanks to Nathan Deaton Photography for capturing some great memories.

 

Thank you to everyone for your support!

The 4th Annual NEDA Walk of Greater Cincinnati