Bridgeway Walk For Independence 2009 Slated For October 18

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ELIZABETH—Bridgeway has scheduled its ninth annual walkathon to take place on Sunday, Oct. 18.  This year’s walk is slated for the TD Bank Ball Park in Bridgewater, home of the Somerset Patriots baseball club.  Registration begins at noon.

The 2.5 mile walk starts at 12:30 p.m. A family-friendly event, Sparky the Patriots’ mascot and Tweedles the clown will entertain all who attend.  More than 300 participants are expected to take part in the event.

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The Walkathon benefits Bridgeway’s Self-Sufficiency Fund, helping individuals who are experiencing mental illness to achieve recovery goals and live as independently as possible.

The Self-Sufficiency Fund is a bridge to achieving individual goals by providing funds to pay for apartment and utility security deposits, moving expenses, initial purchases to outfit permanent living situations, registration fees and expenses for workshops and classes, interview outfits for individuals seeking employment, emergency purchases and expenses, prescription medication purchases not covered by insurance, and loans to tide someone over until permanent income is more secure.

According to Adrienne Soricelli Vogel, president of the Board of Trustees, the walk serves a second purpose in promoting healthy activity.  Statistics prove that individuals who have mental illness face additional medical conditions that shorten their life expectancy including heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

Bridgeway is among those mental health services that are increasing their focus on wellness for people receiving services.  Healthy diet, exercise and life-style choices are part of the service focus.  The walk provides a health-promoting opportunity.

For 40 years, Bridgeway, a non-profit mental health services agency located in Elizabeth, has provided services to Central New Jersey adults in six counties who are facing the difficulties of mental illness.  Through recovery-centered support services Bridgeway assists individuals to live as independently as possible, learn and work in the community, and improve their quality of life.

For additional information about the Walkathon, event sponsorships and participation as a walker, contact Kathy Smith at Bridgeway at 1-908-355-7886 ext. 101.


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