Last month, I had the honor of presenting Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., who serves as President and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF), with a check for the funds raised from our 2017 hikes.
The $41,000 check brings the total amount that hikers and their supporters have generated for mental health research since HIKE for Mental Health was founded in 2011 to $218,264.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, like HIKE for Mental Health, covers all of its operating expenses separately, so 100% of that check will fund research grants covering all aspects of the brain and behavior. BBRF’s research encompasses mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, bipolar spectrum disorders and many others. To get a sense of their work, here are the top 10 advancements and breakthroughs by BBRF grantees in 2017.
I always feel a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment on behalf of HIKE for Mental Health when presenting this annual award. Seeing the work of our volunteers who plan and lead hikes across the country, hearing from so many hikers who join us on the trail or make us a part of their long-distance journeys or private day hikes, receiving donations from the hikers’ many friends and family and colleagues who support them – it is humbling and amazing to look back on 2017 and realize that the small efforts all add up to a make a real difference. Thank you so very much!
We also thank Dr. Borenstein and everyone at BBRF for your commitment and dedication to alleviating suffering from mental illness. We are honored to be a part of your work and excited for another hiking season in 2018.