2019 is a year of "B's" for me! I will be running the Brighton Marathon on April 14th and, legs permitting, the Berlin Marathon on September 29th. I'm hoping that one of those two races will get me a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon in 2020. And, to make all of those miles mean even more, I am asking for your support as I kick-off a fundraiser for The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors on my birthday :) The foundation’s mission is to end the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) - another B! 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.