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I am raising money for the La Crosse, WI chapter of NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness). I am running the Minneapolis Marathon, and those who wish to contribute will do so based on my completing the marathon on Oct. 3rd, 2010.

Hello, my name is Colleen Umnus and I am running a marathon for the first time!  Since the Minneapolis Marathon does not have a fundraising effort of its own, I decided to create one.  Mental illness is a subject that people often shy away from; it can be awkward or even embaressing to discuss issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.  Despite people's reluctance to talk about it, mental illness is more common than most people realize: about one in four people are or will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives.

I would like to take this opporunity to raise money for an organization that hits close to home for me, and many others in this country: NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  According to their website, NAMI's support and public education efforts are focused on educating America about mental illness, offering resources to those in need, and insisting that mental illness become a high national priority. Mental illness is a serious medical illness that affects one in four families. No one is to blame. Treatment works, but only half of people living with mental illness receive treatment. NAMI has engaged in a variety of activities to create awareness about mental illness and promote the promise of recovery.

NAMI offers an array of peer education and training programs, initiatives and services for individuals, family members, health care providers and the general public. NAMI's education and support programs provide relevant information, valuable insight, and the opportunity to engage in support networks. These programs draw on the lived experience of individuals who have learned to live well with mental illness and have been extensively trained to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators. NAMI and volunteer grassroots leaders are committed to education as the pathway to recovery, empowerment and wellness. In addition to education programs and initiatives offered through NAMI National, many of NAMI's over 1,100 affiliates offer an array of support and education programs and activities for families and individuals  (

For more information please visit the website at  Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope that you will decide to contribute, at any amount that is comfortable for you! 

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