End of Year Letter from our Founders
Did you know this past year has been Project HEAL's most successful year to date? And this only happened because of supporters like yourself -- those who take time to participate in critical conversations to change the tone of eating disorders; those who take time out of their day to fight for those who are voiceless; and those who donate as much they can in order to send someone to a life-changing treatment center. Project HEAL would love to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Thanks to you, we've been able to provide the following this year:
We've funded seven more grant recipients to get the life saving care they deserve, bringing our grand total of grant recipients to 15!
We've partnered with four more treatment centers - The Center for Discovery, UC San Diego Eating Disorder Center for Research and Treatment, Renfrew Center, and Columbus Park Collaborative - to provide free treatment grants to Project HEAL applicants.
We've expanded to over 38 chapters in high schools, colleges and communities across the United States, Canada and Australia, enabling us to spread our life-affirming mission, even further.
We've hosted our most successful gala to date - inspiring over 350 attendees with our motto that "Life is Short, Eat Dessert First " and Recovery Is Possible.
We launched our "Recovery Is" initiative to showcase what recovery means to eating disorders sufferers and their family and friends from all over the globe, and to remind everyone that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. We received over 300 submissions!
Clearly, we can't thank you enough. You've made miracles happen and for that we are grateful. However, and as you know, there are still so many people that need help with their future. Something they can hold on to, something they can give thanks to. And you can help by giving them the gift of hope, happiness and health this Thanksgiving. Donate today, and help someone in need this Thanksgiving.
For most of us, Thanksgiving is a time of joy and celebration - feasting with family and giving thanks for all that we have. But for those struggling with eating disorders, Thanksgiving is one of the hardest days of the year. The glorious meal that most of us look forward to causes panic, shame and dread. The anxiety that is a consequence of the eating disorder is in full force, combined with a fear of not being able to recover, is almost unbearable.
It is likely that someone sitting at your table this year is also suffering. In the United States, it is estimated that about 1 out of every 10 Americans- 20 million women and 10 million men-suffers from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life. These including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified. Unfortunately, 90% of these people never receive treatment. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, and carry with them a host of negative medical and psychological consequences, including osteoporosis, electrolyte imbalances, depression, and social isolation, to name just a few. However, with proper treatment, full and lasting recovery is possible.
After we received proper treatment to help us heal from our eating disorders, Thanksgiving became one of our favorite days of the year. Our ninth grant recipient, Amanda, writes, "Thanksgiving used to bring a rush of anxiety and uneasiness to my body. I dreaded all aspects of it - especially the large amounts of food that left me sitting with discomfort both emotionally and physically for hours on end. Coming out of treatment and now in recovery, I am not only looking forward to the amazing food this holiday, but I am also looking forward to spending time with people I love and appreciate. It feels great to be able to look forward to enjoying all aspects of this Thanksgiving and not focus my energy dwelling negatively on the food and my body. Bring on that pumpkin pie!" For this, Project HEAL has you to thank because it is your support that enables us to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.
As you sit down to give thanks this year, please consider making a year end gift to Project HEAL. Every donation, no matter what the size, helps in our ongoing fight to save lives and help people recover from eating disorders.
We know you've done your part this year, and we greatly appreciate it. But can you help one more person battling an eating disorder? The smallest donation can make the biggest difference.