Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Four Paws with a Cause: The NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) Walk

Cooper & June at the 2nd Annual NEDA Walk

We all know that dogs and advocating on their behalf are very near and dear to my heart.  NEDA, the National Eating Disorder Association, is also a cause that I support very strongly.  In my post, Seven for Sophie, I explained why.  Here is an excerpt from that post:

"Since most of my volunteering is with dogs, I decided to go outside of my box.  I tried to think of something else near and dear to my heart that could help bring a smile to others today.  I immediately knew what I wanted to do.  My random acts of kindness were inspired by my sister in law, Katie.  She was truly a kind person that did so much for others.  Back when Ben & I were just dating, she would call me just to chat when Ben was out at sea because she knew I was all alone in a strange place.  She was a wonderful person that I wish I could have gotten to know much better.  I know we would have been close.

Katie passed away in 2010.  She lost her battle with an eating disorder.  She was only 27.  My mother-in-law, Paula, has been truly inspirational since Katie passed away.  She took her grief and used her experience to help others.  Paula became very involved with NEDA, the National Eating Disorder Association.  She has organized two walks to raise awareness and thousands of dollars to benefit NEDA.  She is an amazing woman, and I am proud to call her family."

It is that time of year again.  It is time for the 3rd Annual NEDA Walk.  This year it is expanding to include our entire tri-state area of Greater Cincinnati, OH.  My husband & I have formed a team again this year, and we are asking for your help.

View a news clip here with my mother in law about the NEDA Walk:

FOX19.com-Cincinnati News, Weather

You can follow this link to donate to our team.  Our goal is at least $500.  Any amount, no matter how small, will be a tremendous help to our cause.  Click on the link and select the "Make a Gift!" link on the right hand side of the page.  You can leave your name or be anonymous. 

You can also JOIN our team!  No matter where you live in the United States, you can be a member of Four Paws with a Cause!  You can be a Silent Walker.  A Silent Walker is a team member that signs up but does not participate on the day of the walk due to distance or due to other obligations on the day of the walk.  When you are a silent walker, you still get a T-shirt!  I will personally mail your t-shirt to you anywhere in the United States for free!  Just make sure to select that you want a T-shirt when you register to be on our team.

To join our team, click HERE.  Select the "Join Team" link.  The team password to join is coopertrooper.  It is all lowercase, and it is one word.  You will create a username, which only takes a few minutes.  Then you can select that you want to be a walker for a $25.00 donation, which includes a free t-shirt!  Select your t-shirt size, and I will mail you your shirt for free!  Simply e-mail your shipping address to me at fourpaws0504@gmail.com after you register.  I will take care of the rest.

If you are unable to donate monetarily or join my team, please share my post with your friends and family to help raise awareness and donations.  Eating disorders are very real and very serious.  Remember to love yourself and Be-YOU-tiful!

You are amazing!  Never forget that :)

Thank you and I hope you will be joining my team!


  1. I'm so sorry about your sister in law Katie. I can't imagine the pain your family went through. Unfortunatly society is brainwashed by images of skinny high fashion models where we are all taught that being beautiful is all about being skinny when it is not. Being beautiful is about being ourselfves, and our weight has nothing to do with it. My heart goes out to your family, and I believe it is so awesome that you take part of this cause. <3

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Francesca. You are so very right! Our society definitely has it wrong. Beauty is measured by so many things, like being kind and thoughtful, not being skinny. I agree with you completely! Thank you for your support :)

  2. Love your post and your family, Laura very sweet an inspiring.

    1. Thank you so much, Angela! And thank you for sharing :)

  3. You have an amazing talent at writing! Topaz and Pete have been practicing walking together - Pete still thinks he is the "big" dog - and Topaz is fine with that.

    1. Thank you, Paula! You are too sweet :)

      I love that Pete is still in charge! And how sweet of Topaz to respect her elder. I can't wait to see them!

      Talk to you soon!


  4. way to go !!
    im sharing your post. maybe some women can be interested.
    best of luck with this walk. :)

    1. Thank you so much! Raising awareness is very important :)

      Have a great weekend, Thibaud!


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