Why You Should Support the Royal

Hi friends & followers,

In January, I announced that I would run the Ottawa Marathon on May 28, 2017 to raise funds for the Royal Foundation for Mental Health … and to honour a family friend, Helen O’Brien, who dedicated her career to the Royal and helping others.

We live in difficult times.  Life’s pace is hectic, its pressures constant, its stressors many. Mental illness is an oft-hidden scourge that affects all of us, directly or indirectly. It shows itself in many ways. There are far too many stories in the news in which it is discovered too late that someone suffered from anxiety, or depression, or PTSD, or substance addiction – or some other manifestation of mental illness.

We’ve all been through it, or know someone who has.

The Royal is there, for those who need help. It is a critical advocate for those suffering from mental illness, and dealing with the stigma that comes with it.

Why donate to the Royal?  Here are only a few reasons:

  • The Royal advances life-saving research and patient care.
  • It responds quickly to critical funding needs as they arise.
  • Your support helps the Royal get more people suffering from mental illness into care and recovery, more quickly.
  • Your donation ensures that the Royal can continue to attract and retain the best and brightest minds in depression research
  • Money raised from donors helps the Royal purchase equipment that expands its capacity to help.
  • Your help funds critical Royal initiatives such as the Campaign for Mental Health, Do It for Daron (DIFD), and the You Know Who I Am campaign.

In summary:  donating to this worthy cause allows the Royal to transform lives.


Would you consider sponsoring my marathon on May 28?  It will spur me on to think of your support for the Royal during the 42.2 km run … and I promise to carry you with me each step of the way.

Here is my sponsor page:  https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=3654406&langPref=en-CA#&panel1-2 … for Canadian donors, the Royal will automatically issue a tax receipt for any donation over $20.00.

Thank you SO much for your time and consideration!