NEDA came into my life in 2013. I volunteered at a walk on a whim and quickly learned that I had found my home in this organization that reached thousands of people who, unbeknownst to me, were striving to end this war with their bodies and attain the same self love that I had been striving for secretly for over 10 years. Now, with the support of NEDA and the many loving people NEDA has brought into my life, I have grown in my ability to tell my disordered eating tale, to own what I've been through and where that's brought me, and I could not be anywhere near as mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy as I am today without my involvement with NEDA.
Since my first walk and volunteering experience at the Philly Walk in 2013, I have volunteered at numerous other walks including D.C. and NYC, was on the planning committee for Philly's 2015 Walk, and most recently, Co-Coordinated a walk in Northern, NJ which was a huge success! I have always felt supported by NEDA's Staff through all of my volunteer and planning efforts, and know that they are constantly receptive to our ideas and hopes for fundraisers, projects, and goals for a walk. My experiences working with NEDA as a volunteer will undoubtedly help me in my future career and a clinical mental health counselor and I could not be more grateful!
I had an incredibly encouraging experience in working with NEDA. I felt valued and supported as I planned the first Charleston NEDA Walk.
I am so impressed with the NEDA staff that helped me to plan this walk and encouraged me every step of the way. Jessica offered knowledge and support and so much kindness to me during the planning process.
Although I was introduced to NEDA as a parent of a daughter with an Eating Disorder (ED), I am now active as a NEDA Walk coordinator for Pittsburgh. My decision to get involved and give back stems from the great resource that NEDA was to our familiy in our time of need. The ability of Walks to bring hundreds of sufferers and their loved ones together is so empowering for all involved. The knowledge that one is not alone in their struggle and the ability to hear positive stories of recovery provides much needed hope.
Coordinating a Walk takes a lot of effort and the National organization provides outstanding support. The staff makes it as easy as possible to execute a successful event and is there to help every step of the way. The ED informational materials that are provided for the event are greatly appreciated by participants. It is rewarding to see walkers take a few with them to pass out to others who would benefit from better awareness of EDs. Afterall, it all starts with awarness and the understanding that EDs are serious illnesses needing early detection and treatment.
Advocacy efforts are also a critical part of this wonderful non-profit. The team is constantly looking for opportunities to impact legislation and makes us aware so that our voices can be heard. I am proud to be associated with NEDA and have seen first hand how they have made a difference in the lives of ED sufferers.
I was Walk Co-coordinator for the Raleigh, NC Walk in April 2016 and I can't say enough about the fantastic assistance that National Walk Coordinator Jessica Hickman offered. She made organizing our walk a smooth and seamless process and it inspired me to co-coordinate the 2017 Walk!
I also attended the 2016 NEDA Convention in Chicago, IL in September and was so impressed by the knowledge, expertise, and support provided. I hope to attend another convention in the future.
NEDA came into my life in 2009, when I was looking online for resources for my sister, who has since passed away. I called the Helpline, and the person on the other end talked with my for 2 hours, helping me find support for my sister in the area. It is unfortunate that I didn't know of NEDA before this date; we may have saved her life! Anyway, in 2014 I decided to look into the possibility of coordinating a NEDA walk in my community, so that maybe I can help others! I had my first walk in April of 2015 and we raised just over $10,000! This past November we had our 2nd Annual NEDA Walk and raised just over $12,000!! The national Walk Coordinators, during both occasions, were so supportive and wonderful to work with! They were there for me and my team throughout the process. NEDA not only takes time with people in need of support for a loved one/friend, but they also work hard at maintaining great relationships with all the fundraisers and walk coordinators! NEDA definitely deserves 5 Gold Stars!!
I am a warrior! I am recovering from anorexia and have felt so supported by NEDA. As I have moved into a strong recovery phase, I have acted as a NEDA walk coordinator and I can not begin to describe how much this has moved me further into recovery. I am no longer the person who does not value themselves or believes they do not deserve the best. NEDA has help so many individuals to become strong people that can change the world.
I coordinated the DC NEDA Walk last year and had a great experience working with NEDA. They are professional, organized and above all, passionate about what they do. Every encounter with NEDA has been positive and continues to encourage my belief that they are an organization of integrity. I could not be more pleased to work with them one more year. NEDA offers great resources for individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Years ago, when I was battling an eating disorder, their website and resources provided a message of hope and helped me get the treatment I needed.
They helped me bring awareness for eating disorders to northeastern Indiana and allowed me as a walk coordinator to attend the national conference in Chicago
I was the coordinator of the first Spokane NEDA Walk. Spokane has such a great need for eating disorder treatment and awareness, and the NEDA Walk has bridged the gap from no awareness to a community excited to change. It is an honor to work with NEDA, and I couldn'r be more proud to be part of the organization. Jessica Hickman was so helpful and personable and the entire NEDA Team is outstanding.