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Lake Effect Series Final Wrap Up

I am sad this is the last post regarding the Lake Effect Series.  I have had nothing but a great time fundraising and spreading awareness for Eating Disorders.  The support I received from friends and family as well as strangers has been overwhelming.  I will truly never forget this experience.

Before the race Ophelia’s Place shared that this race contributes 10% of their annual budget.  Every single dollar and donation truly does make a difference.  It is so hard for me to believe that together we raised 2500 dollars. There were over 70 donors.  Wow! 

Left to right: Heather, Laura, me, Brittany

Left to right: Heather, Laura, me, Brittany

 

If you haven’t already please go read some or all of the incredible stories.  These stories are truly amazing and show the incredible courage and bravery of the authors.  They will always remain on my blog under the “reads” section.

After adding everyone into the giveaway (donors, story sharers and those who shared the link to the giveaway or stories) I came up with 3653 entries to the giveaway!  I drew the numbers from random.org and ended up with these.

The race director and I

The race director and I

Without further ado here are the winners and thank you again.

KIND BARS: 2912 The Writer of the post “Binge Eating”(anonymous)

Pocket Fuel and Energy Bits 2355 Package 1: Jacqueline Klayman

Pocket Fuel and Energy Bits 1037 Package 2: Mike Post

Lindsay’s Healthy Bites: 962 Alex at Runwithin

Allie’s Hearty Handful Granola:  1202 Ashley Fincher

**Please email me and I will connect you as appropriate.

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Summary:

This whole experience was eye opening for me. It truly made me realize that we do possess the ability to make a change or a difference.  Every dollar donated, whether it was 1 dollar or 100 added up to 2500 dollars.  I can honestly say this was one of my biggest accomplishments in my life. I truly cannot thank the support of family, friends, readers and anonymous donors.  It was a great experience for me and I am truly glad that I ran this race.  To answer your question: I do plan to run the Lake Effect Half Marathon every year I am close enough to Upstate NY.

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No questions today.  I just want to express how truly grateful I am for all the support from every single person. 

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Lake Effect Series Roundup

Lindsay at Lean Green Bean is putting together a pinterest post.  I don’t do a lot of link ups but this was another great way to bring more awareness to eating disorders and the fundraising campaign.  As most people know, my next goal race, the Lake Effect Half Marathon is being run for charity.  The charity Ophelia’s Place, is an inpatient eating disorder center.  My goal is to raise 2000 dollars by February 23rd.  I cannot believe it is getting so close! I know I say in every post related to the Lake Half Marathon and Lake Effect Series but the amount of support whether it’s through comments or sharing your story, donating or sharing…the amount of support is absolutely great.  It does not feel as though I have

It’s hard to see such a dangerous topic get little awareness.  I can’t tell you how many people have sent me an email or message thanking me for creating this series or bringing a little bit more awareness.  It honestly isn’t me, it’s the entire community.  So thank you.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected such a powerful rally.

I’m exactly 400 dollars away from my huge goal of raising 2000 dollars!  If you are interested in sharing or donating, please don’t hesitate.  I know Ophelia’s Place would put it to get great use. 

Here are five stories I decided to reshare.  You can read all of them here.

Disordered Eating and Blogging

The writer suffered from disordered eating and what is normal.  After shutting down their blog and realizing they were comparing themselves they have fully recovered.

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A Sisters Point of View

The writer shares about her sister who suffered from an eating disorder.  It is a unique viewpoint, often times we hear from the person diagnosed but reading about how it affected the family is also truly heartbreaking.

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Bulimia-

The writer shares her story to binging and purging her food.  “I had always sworn to myself that I would NEVER stoop low enough to vomit, but it was inevitable.”

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Binge Eating-

A collegiate runner shares her struggle with binge eating.  After several years and constant yo yo dieting, she was able to fully recover and are now training for a 5k.

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EDNOS-

Laura talks about her struggles with life and how stress related to her disordered eating.

If you are interested in sharing your story, please don’t hesitate to email me.  No story is too strong, too powerful, too vague, too short or too long.  I can guarantee you someone has felt the same way.

Question for you: What causes or charities are close to your heart?

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