October 28, 2004
Arlington, VA - Four days after Election Day, NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) will hold its first 5K fundraising walkathon in the nation’s capital - NAMIWalks DC - to benefit the 220,000-person national organization and its District of Columbia affiliate.
The NAMIWalks route will close streets in Downtown DC from 6:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday, November 6. The route includes:
"NAMIWalks are about hope and recovery," said NAMI executive director Michael Fitzpatrick. "They have grown from 12 states in 2003 to more than 35 in 2004. NAMIWalks DC is the first time we will step out in the nation’s capital. "
"NAMIWalks are an amazing phenomenon. Friends and neighbors who have had no previous connection with mental illness come together with NAMI members to raise awareness—and funds for research, education, support and advocacy."
"Every walk site is unique. They are family events. They include banners, balloons, clowns, music, moon bounces, and most of all hope."
Speakers at Freedom Plaza at 8:00 AM will include:
The American Psychiatry Association has the honor of serving as the walkathon’s presenting sponsor.
Other sponsors include:
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