Strides Against Stigma Fundraisers Inspire Each Other

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dans grad2-1Upon hearing fellow Strides Against Stigma supporter, 19-year-old Jordon Edwards’ fundraising goal of $2000, Dan Fields, 47, rose to the occasion saying, “Hey, if she can do it, I can too!”

Fields has dysthymia, a chronic, low-level form of depression. He was excited to hear about Strides Against Stigma because he feels that many men experience the stigma of mental illness and do not feel comfortable seeking help. He is also striding in support of the family members and loved ones of those with mental illness because, as he says, “depression causes suffering not only for the people with the condition, but also for their partners and children.”

Fields has had the most success with his fundraising emails. He has asked friends and family for donations also through Facebook and LinkedIn, reminding those he’s contacted when he sees them in person. He has sent follow-up emails to possible sponsors to update them on his progress.

You can help Dan Fields reach his goal by donating to his Strides Against Stigma page.

Or consider joining the fight against stigma by registering to walk as part of our inaugural event on April 28, 2012. Register now!

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