Did you know as many as 1 in 5 American adults are affected by mental health conditions each year? And nearly 1 in 25 adults in America live with a serious mental illness. Thad and Alice Eure, from the Angus Barn, established the Foundation of Hope to bring awareness to the significance of these individuals and help raise millions of dollars towards improved diagnosis and possibly even treatments for these mental illnesses. Their Foundation of Hope focuses on a variety of mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, postpartum depression, schizophrenia, and anorexia.

In their 29th year of the Walk for Hope, they invite you along with your family and friends to join the thousands of participants who come together to show support for all those living with mental illnesses. The 5k and 10k Walk and Run is this Sunday, Oct. 8th at 10 a.m held at the Angus Barn in Raleigh. It’s not too late to register! You can form a team with friends or family or just join in on the scenic routes through the William B. Umstead State Park. If walking isn’t your thing but you still want to make a difference, donate towards the cause! 100% of the proceeds will directly fund local mental health research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry. There will also be great food, kids’ activities, live music featuring the band Liquid Pleasure, and raffles for all participants, along with prizes for top fundraisers. Come join the family-fun as we raise awareness and raise money towards a good cause. You can register today at www.walkforhope.com.

Every step gives us hope, and hope keeps us moving forward. In 2017, we’ll strive to go further, and do more, than ever before.