#running4brave: Annie's Race Recap

[embed]https://youtu.be/2cS-lP7_CIw[/embed] We are so incredibly proud of Annie for completing her very first Half Marathon this past weekend! Annie and the members of Team #running4brave have raised over four thousand dollars for our forthcoming teen mental illness awareness program and we couldn't be more grateful to them for all the outreach they've been doing for us.

Thank you to Team #running4brave members Erin Troia, Annie Powell, Rachel Tyson Chou, Laurie Williams Warwick, Vicki Matos, {and Nicole Gibney and Kristen O'Neil, not pictured} for joining us on this journey. The Loudoun Times Mirror ran a story on us this week. Here's the link to the online story.

#running4brave mental illness fundraiser donate This Is My Brave


The Crowdrise #running4brave fundraiser page will remain open until the end of May {Mental Health Awareness Month} so there's still time to donate if you haven't had a chance yet.

We have big dreams for the This Is My Brave High School initiative, visions and goals which will require on-going funding to bring the entire program to fruition. Annie's #running4brave fundraiser has been an incredible start to establishing a dedicated pool of funds (YOUR generous contributions!) which will allow us to do the following:

  • Produce a professional, high-quality video comprised of performances from This Is My Brave productions (by the end of May we'll have a total of four shows to pull pieces from) which speak to the high school population
  • Create marketing materials to promote the program and attract the interest of high schools on a national level
  • Travel to the National Association of Secondary School Principals annual conference in February 2016 to promote and sell the video program to schools all over the country
  • Work with a professional curriculum writer to develop and write a curriculum based on the This Is My Brave mission which could be used in conjunction with the video package
  • Create two $250 scholarships for Loudoun County high school seniors who have an interest  in pursuing a health-based field in college

We will begin work on our high school video package using the funds raised this summer with the goal to have it ready for back to school this September. Over the summer we will also be working on the application for our #running4brave scholarships so that we'll be able to award them to two local May 2016 high school graduates. Thank you for your support!