“It’s great news…providing the much needed financial boost necessary to upgrade a restroom at our Blake House residential home in Olathe,” said Sharon Lawrenz, Executive Director of Pathway To Hope. “We were proud to be considered as a recipient by Bike 4 the Brain and excited as can be to actually receive the $2,500 grant. It will be put to great use.” The project includes a new vanity, shower, flooring and handicap accommodations for residents and visitors.
Bike 4 the Brain (B4B) is an event to bring a wide variety of people together to work toward increased understanding about brain-based illnesses that have emotional and behavioral symptoms. The event includes activities to encourage people of all ages to come together, have fun, and learn. The hope is that, someday, so-called “mental” illness will be brought into the public forum in a way that reduces stigma. This event allows people affected by these illnesses to come forward earlier for support and treatment. Early intervention leads to more effective care and more complete recovery.
Bike 4 the Brain offers a one-mile walk/ride for walkers and people in strollers, wagons, and wheelchairs. The other rides will be progressive loops of 10, 25, 50, and 62.5 miles. Rest stops provide refreshments and any needed support. These are rides, not races to encourage participation.
The organizations selected as recipients for 2010 funds were Niles Home For Children, TLC for Children and Families, Pathway To Hope, Wyandotte Center for Homeless Outreach, and SASS-Mo Kan. “Bike 4 the Brain increases the awareness that all people have the potential to recover from mental illnesses; that these are emotional, behavioral, and cognitive challenges faced by many people…we are so grateful for their good work,” said Lawrenz.
This year’s B4B event is planned for Labor Day, September 5, 2011.