Virtual run supports women’s mental health

Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) Foundation and Shoppers Drug Mart are proud to announce the 8th annual Run for Women, brought to you by the LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart program. This year’s first-ever virtual event has attracted over 1,300 participants for Unionville all in support of women’s mental health.

One in three women are affected by mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. This is a serious public health problem, and the LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart program wants to help.

“It’s never been more important to support mental health in the Markham and Stouffville community,” says Allan Bell, Vice President, Community Relations and Corporate Partnerships at MSH Foundation. “Over the last four years Run for Women Unionville has contributed close to $500,000 to benefit women’s mental health care at MSH. Every dollar raised supports women to take the next step to recovery. We know women experience mental health differently than men, and our women’s wellness program addresses the unique obstacles that women in our increasingly diverse community face and supports them on the path to mental health wellness.”

The Official Run for Women Event Day is Sunday, September 27, however participants can complete their own run anytime between September 12 and 27. One hundred per cent of the registration fee for Unionville area participants benefit MSH Foundation. Registration also includes a “Swag Bag” valued over $100, a Foxy Finisher Bracelet and an official 2020 Run for Women “Together we’re UNSTOPPABLE” themed technical t-shirt.

“I have struggled with bipolar disorder and Markham Stouffville Hospital saved my life and got me to where I am today,” says Esther Herbert, 2019 Unionville top fundraiser and grateful patient. “Walk or run, every step you take benefits women’s mental health. I walk for those who need help.”

On September 27, participants will be invited to watch a national broadcast featuring the 18 different run host cities and each local charity after they take to the streets in their neighbourhoods to complete their walk/run.

Photo: Esther Herbert, MSH grateful patient, training for this years virtual Run for Women.  

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