On September 22, 2013, Elizabeth and Kathleen Hamrick will embark on a 6 stage, 7 day, 169 mile self-supported stage race through the Grand Canyon.
They will be joined by participants from across the world as the race is capped at 50 U.S. participants and 10 participants per international country.
The sisters are running to raise money for the Alabama-based eating disorders treatment organization, A Center for Eating Disorders (ACED).
ACED provides full-day programming six days a week, as well as evening and weekend programming, nutritional services, individual therapy, and group therapy to individuals suffering from eating disorders.
This is a cause that the Hamrick girls are particularly passionate about.Elizabeth's story:
Elizabeth secretly struggled with bulimia for 10 years. The process to reclaim a healthy lifestyle was tumultuous, and included a series of therapists over time and significant financial burden. The turning point in her recovery was when she attempted to quit therapy, stating financial strain as the reason. Her therapist waived all payments. This unexpected support was the catalyst she needed to commit to the work necessary to heal. Today, Elizabeth's life looks much different. She is immensely grateful for a healthy body and self-image and would like to extend to others the same support that she received. Elizabeth, with your help, hopes to remove the financial obstacle for someone striving to recover.Kathleen's story:
In 2006, Kathleen entered treatment for life threatening anorexia. Physical consequences of malnutrition had left her with stress fractures, depleted protein & vitamin stores, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, low heart rate, kidney damage, liver damage, and lanugo. Today she is nearly 7 years recovered, and is still astounded at the incredible capabilities of a healthy body. Kathleen has not only run, but also achieved top placement in multiple ultramarathons. She hopes that her journey from anorexia to ultramarathon will inspire and aid others to recover from eating disorders.
Treatment for eating disorders can be extremely expensive. Many patients must be seen on a weekly basis by a team of specialists, including a psychiatrist, a physician and a nutritionist. On average, a residential program costs $30,000 a month. Many patients require months of treatment and follow-up care. Lynn S. Grefe, Chief Executive of the National Eating Disorders Association notes that most insureres will not cover long term treatment, and some routinely deny adequate coverage.
ACED offers a free support group for teens and adults called "The Living Room" and hosts community awareness programs. ACED also offers scholarships for individuals who are unable to afford treatment. Your support will allow ACED to continue offering free support group, community awareness programs, and treatment scholarships for those in need.
For more information on ACED: A Center for Eating Disorders
For more information on G2G race: Grand to Grand Ultra