UPDATE! 2019 really was a year of "B's". I ran the Brighton marathon, and that time got me into London 2020, but I just missed Boston 2020 by ~30 sec. Then I ran Berlin, getting me a -4.44 min cushion for registering for Boston 2021 (fingers crossed!). But most importantly, I was able to raise some money for a cause that is near and dear to my heart. This year, as I hope to better my Berlin time at the London marathon in 8 weeks (COVID-19 be damned), I'll be raising money again for The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors. The foundation’s mission is to end the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Two percent of the population are affected by BFRBs, however the effects are on a spectrum so that while some persons find their behaviors manageable others find that the behaviors interfere greatly with their lives. I have a deep connection with this cause due to my own struggles with skin picking. There is still very little understanding of the condition both by the public and in the healthcare profession. The TLC Foundation for BFRBs counteracts the depression and anxiety experienced by many people with BFRBs by providing information and referrals to qualified treatment providers. The foundation also provides frontline assistance to sufferers who for the first time have found a name for a compulsion that has plagued them for years, people with BFRBs seeking support groups, and parents worried about their children. Treatments today are better than ever before—providing greater control, periods of remission, and a greatly improved quality of life—but the foundation envisions more. That is why it conducts professional training institutes for clinicians and why it is spearheading and funding the BFRB Precision Medicine Initiative, an unprecedented national collaborative research project to find causes and solutions. Your donation means so much to me. Your gift to TLC will change lives for the better—including mine! Thanks for your love and support.
P.S. For more information about this incredible organization, visit www.bfrb.org.
P.P.S. This fundraising page will be live through my 40th birthday, when I hope to get my Six Star medal at the Tokyo Marathon for completing the Abbott Marathon Majors. That's the plan anyway :)