On April 8, a group of 500 individuals will represent Team Gilead at the Hartford Marathon Foundation’s Middletown Legends 3.5 mile race. Team Gilead will run and walk to show support for the “1 in 5 adults living in America with a mental health condition.”
Rob is thrilled to be participating in his third Run for Every 1 Road Race. “It all started with the first road race,” he says. “I began watching my eating habits and exercising... I needed the motivation. “Training for this race comes at a perfect time because I haven’t worked out in a long time,” reports Megan, another Team Gilead participant. Jim captures the spirit of the Run for Every 1 by stating, “Walking is good for me and helps to relieve depression, anxiety and stress. I like being part of Gilead’s team… We keep each other strong.”
Earl, Megan, and Jim are shining examples of individuals who refuse to let their mental health condition stop them. They represent hundreds of individuals who work with Gilead Community Services, to empower themselves and lead the most fulfilling lives possible. On April 8th, Earl, Megan, and Jim will walk for many reasons: to raise awareness about mental health and the need for quality services throughout Middlesex County, to support a wellness initiative for those who are living with a mental health condition, to raise money for quality mental health services, and to be part of a team that includes all members of the community, not just those living with a mental health condition.
They are meeting the challenge. They get up early to train, some walking, some running. They confront the fear of not reaching the finish line. They refuse to let their physical challenges stop them from reaching a personal goal. They want the community to join them as part of Team Gilead on April 8.
Be inspired by these individuals who have shown their courage, determination and commitment by signing up to walk in the Run for Every 1 Road Race on April 8th. If you register to be part of Team Gilead by March 27th you can get a $5 discount by using their promo code of GILEADTEAM.
Team Gilead is fortunate to have the support of many local business, community members and foundations including The Peach Pit Foundation, AR Mazzotta, CBP, Coughlin Services Corp, Genoa Healthcare, and Middlesex Hospital. First Church of Christ in downtown Middletown hosts Team Gilead on race day, providing a place to gather, rest, rejuvenate, eat, and celebrate the strength and beauty of community support.