About This Campaign
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!
raised of $2,000 goal
Kilometers ran, biked, kayaked completed
Location / Venue
- Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
- Toronto, ON
- Jun 18, 2017 12:00 am to
- Oct 22, 2017 12:00 am
Debbie and Danny Kornhauser gave a donation to support Tricia GrynspanTricia, we are so proud of you! You have preserved through challenging times and in participating in this marathon you are doing something constructive and meaningful. Go Tricia! Hope to see you this weekend. Sending love and hugs, Debbie and Danny
Miriam Spilberg gave a $40 donation to support Tricia GrynspanTo Tricia, on your first marathon. We're so proud of you. You are supporting a very important initiative. Love, mom. and Alex
The Cameron Helps “Courageous Hope” campaign initiated by Darren Parker inspired me to train for my first ever full marathon.
The devastating loss of a loved one to suicide in February 2016 impacted my life in a deeply profound way. Beyond the negative emotions of judgement, guilt, blame and shame, I am positively motivated to help reduce the incidents of suicide and suicide behaviour in our community.
My intention to complete the full marathon is to raise money to bring Sudbury youth the Team Unbreakable program. Team Unbreakable raises awareness and helps reduce the stigma of mental illness and suicide. This school-based, non-competitive run program teaches students the importance of physical activity on their mental health and well-being.
I invite you to join me in this critical initiative by financially supporting the "Courageous Hope" marathon!