Courageous Hope

Courageous Hope

About This Campaign

I run for a variety of reasons - one of them is to maintain positive mental and physical health. Without intentional, purposed decisions to stay mentally fit, my life would surely have turned out differently. I run for the love of running, for the challenge of accomplishment, for the determined perspective to "keep moving". I am also running for Cameron Helps and Team Unbreakable!

The goal of Cameron Helps is to reduce the stigma of youth mental illness, build awareness of the issues, and to promote the positive aspects of physical health on mental health.

My personal story has been impacted (either directly or indirectly) by mental illness, suicide, addictive behaviors since I was 17 years old. I have lost several members of our family to suicide:
Cousin (at the age of 18) in 1983
Brother (at the age of 20) in 1984
Father (at the age of 42) in 1986

I was suicidal (at the age of 18) after my brother had died and very fortunately was able to experience very positive and life changing events that have helped me to overcome all of these difficulties. I am now 51 and living life as passionately as I can! Despite...

My youngest son still deals with concurrent disorders (since the age of 17 - the past 9 years), addiction, depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. He has made over 12 self-harm attempts in these past years, with numerous hospital stays, trips to emergency, psychiatric care etc...we marvel at times that he is still with us.

Ruth and I (and our family) have endured much...because we love much! We continue to stand together as a family, being as supportive as we can, having decided long ago that giving up is not an option. We understand the reality of living a life believing that we are "unbreakable". I thoroughly love this motto because of its importance, absolute possibility and undeniable necessity.

Mental health issues can be extremely debilitating - for everyone involved...but can be effectively managed, even prevented.

Help me support Cameron Helps and Team Unbreakable by financially supporting my "Courageous Hope" marathon!

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
  • Toronto, ON
  • Canada
  • Time:
  • Jun 18, 2017 12:00 am to
  • Oct 22, 2017 12:00 am
  • Campaign by Darren Parker

  • Supports 0 Charities
  • Started 1 Campaign
CameronHelps

Campaign to Support CameronHelps

CameronHelps aims to prevent teen suicide through awareness, reducing stigma and promoting wellness. 

Team Unbreakable, our flagship program, is a recreational run program that promotes better youth mental health through exercise and education.  We team up with schools (as a recreational program available to all) and in several hospitals community health agencies and family health teams (as a run therapy program).   The school program is endorsed by several school boards and has over 1000 students participating every term.   It is supported by a curriculum, materials, and workshops.  

Feel free to contact us for more information or to find out if there is a Team Unbreakable near you!

Fundraising Participant Kilometers ran, biked, kayaked Goal Amount Raised
Carlie Parker
Carlie Parker
0
37884
$378.84 of $250 (151%)
37884
$378.84
Henry Wong
Henry Wong
0
6 of 570 Kilometers ran, biked, kayaked (1%)
0
$0 of $1,000 (0%)
0
$0
Tricia Grynspan
Tricia Grynspan
11
0
$0 of $2,000 (0%)
0
$0
A group of us here in Sudbury are motivated to bring Team Unbreakable run-therapy programs to our city.  We know, on a personal level, the benefits that physical exercise has on promoting positive mental health.  We want to bring this to the young people of our city!

I love this word and what it represents:

UNBREAKABLE

This one word simply describes how CameronHelps wants our youth to feel.  Our goal is for youth to be strong and resilient. We want to give them the tools and resources that instill in them the confidence to overcome the many challenges they may be facing.

http://cameronhelps.ca/team-unbreakable/introduction/

Please check out Team Unbreakable online.  Money that we are raising goes towards supporting Team Unbreakable run-therapy programs here in Sudbury.  Thank you for helping!



  1. Vic Tesolin
    Vic Tesolin gave a $26 donation
    23 minutes ago · Like
  2. Vic Tesolin
    Vic Tesolin gave a $26 donation to support Carlie Parker
    Good luck Carlie!
    27 minutes ago · Like
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    • Darren Parker
      Darren Parker

      Carlie at the 2017 York University Indoor Track Meet

      about 2 hours ago · Like
  5. Courageous Hope
    Courageous Hope has added 1 photo to album SWTM Runners
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    Courageous Hope has added 1 photo to album SWTM Runners
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    • Darren Parker
      Darren Parker

      Joey and Darren at the 2017 Beaton Classic

      about 2 hours ago · Like
  9. David Courtney
    David Courtney gave a $100 donation to support Carlie Parker
    Good luck Carlie. Great cause to be running for. David Courtney
    about 19 hours ago · Like
  10. Martin  Serrer
    Martin Serrer gave a $50 donation to support Carlie Parker
    Stay strong and happy Carlie
    3 days ago · Like
    • Darren Parker
      Darren Parker

      Thanks Martin! One of our favourite cheerleaders.

      about 2 hours ago · Like
  11. Emily Donato
    Emily Donato gave a $52 donation to support Carlie Parker
    Great cause Darren and glad to donate. All the best on your run!
    3 days ago · Like
  12. Dwayne and Cori Dugdale
    Dwayne and Cori Dugdale gave a $100 donation to support Carlie Parker
    4 days ago · Like
  13. Ruth Parker
    Ruth Parker gave a $50 donation to support Carlie Parker
    We are cheering you on honey! We are so proud of you and love you very much!
    4 days ago · Like
  14. Karen Manderville
    Karen Manderville gave a $25 donation
    All the best with this run and overcoming your families challenges. Much light & prayers 💝 You are never alone in this fight! God bless
    6 days ago · Like
    • Darren Parker
      Darren Parker

      Thank you Karen! It is great having people coming alongside of us in this endeavour!

      6 days ago · Like
  15. Elaine  McKenzie
    Elaine McKenzie gave a donation
    8 days ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  16. Karen Robertson
    Karen Robertson gave a $25 donation
    Best of luck!
    8 days ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  17. Sandra Devine
    Sandra Devine gave a $40 donation
    Awesome cause keep up the good work,positive attitude and dedication!:)
    8 days ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  18. Underhill's Landscaping
    Underhill's Landscaping gave a $300 donation
    In memory of Steven, Danny & Donny, and in support of all those struggling with mental health and suicidal challenges.
    8 days ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
    • Darren Parker
      Darren Parker

      Thank you Underhill's. Love you Jamie & Faith

      7 days ago · Like
  19. Chad Harper
    Chad Harper gave a $100 donation
    You're in our thoughts.
    12 days ago · Like
  20. Joey Palomaki
    Joey Palomaki gave a $32 donation
    Dedication In Memory of: Uncle Steven
    Let's do this thing! Looking forward to running this marathon with you.
    13 days ago · Like
  21. Ellen&Ken Kvaltin
    Ellen&Ken Kvaltin gave a donation
    14 days ago · Like
  22. An anonymous donation of $200 has been made
    Thanks Darren for being so transparent with your struggles. I too have lost family members to mental illness and it's nice to see a cause being spotlighted that may help to eliminate this massive unspoken problem in youth. Praying for you and your family Tracey :)
    15 days ago · Like
  23. Kim Parker
    Kim Parker gave a $25 donation
    Dedication In Memory of: Danny & Donny Parker
    Good luck and lots of love to you during this marathon Darren. Good luck to Cameron Helps and everyone the organization impacts.
    18 days ago · Like
  24. Nancy Rose
    Nancy Rose gave a $100 donation
    Dedication In Memory of: Danny Parker and Steven Palomaki.
    Thinking of you Darren as you run for this cause!
    20 days ago · Like
  25. Nancy Rose
    Nancy Rose gave a $100 donation
    Dedication In Memory of: Danny Parker and Steven Palomaki.
    Thinking of you Darren as you run for this cause!
    20 days ago · Like
  26. Elaine Gareau
    Elaine Gareau gave a $25 donation
    Thank you for caring.
    20 days ago · Like
  27. Akasha Piche
    Akasha Piche gave a $30 donation
    20 days ago · Like
    • Darren Parker
      Darren Parker

      Looking forward to running with you Akasha.

      18 days ago · Like
  28. An anonymous donation of $500 has been made
    Cheering you and your family on!!
    21 days ago · Like
    • Darren Parker
      Darren Parker

      Thank you for your $ help! I appreciate the cheering!!

      20 days ago · Like
  29. Randy  Crisp
    Randy Crisp gave a $100 donation
    Dedication In Memory of: Grant Crawford
    In memory of Grant Crawford: We will miss our very unique friend. Grant was one in a million. He brought us many chuckles with all his antics, joy at his thoughtful giving. He was always there to stir it up, figure it out, assess it and with us, grumble about it till we gave up in frustration and had a great laugh about it. We knew where we stood with Grant. He loved his friends and his family and we count ourselves blessed by being his friend. We believe in this cause, but lost our friend to another enemy: a heart attack.
    21 days ago · Like
  30. Linda Cayen
    Linda Cayen gave a $104 donation
    Our love to Darren Parker & family ❤️
    21 days ago · Like
    • Darren Parker
      Darren Parker

      Thank you Linda and Gary! We love you back. Sure like having you in my cheering section.

      20 days ago · Like
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