Tuesday, May 7, 2013
This Mother’s Day weekend, support a cause that helps women and their families suffering from postpartum depression in the Lowcountry and beyond by attending the 10th annual Mom’s Run at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. Postpartum Support Charleston, formerly known as the Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation, is hosting the 5K Mom’s Run at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11 in honor of moms everywhere.
The Moms’ Run serves to raise awareness about postpartum depression, gather funds for the education and support of women with PPD, and celebrate moms and families with a morning of fun.
Approximately 20 percent of all women experience postpartum depression. In 2011, about 9,059 babies were born in the tri-county area, meaning around 1,812 women experienced PPD. Postpartum depression is defined as the emotional and physical reactions occurring any time within the first year after the birth of a baby and is characterized by feelings of sadness, despair, hopelessness and discouragement. Although this is an incredibly difficult obstacle for a mother and her family to overcome, the good news is that the condition is treatable and temporary.
Postpartum Support Charleston is a completely non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to educating mothers, their families, the medical community and the general public about the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression. In addition, Postpartum Support Charleston serves to introduce available treatment options and community resources. According to Holly Fisher, the president of Postpartum Support Charleston who has personally suffered from postpartum depression, “We strive to increase awareness, inspire support and break the stigma of this widespread and often misunderstood illness both in our local community and across the country.”
The annual 5K Moms’ Run is Postpartum Support Charleston’s largest fundraiser and furthers its efforts of educating, supporting and healing women suffering from postpartum depression. The nonprofit offers support groups, resources, education and even grants for women who may need financial assistance getting treatment for postpartum depression.
Race registration is $30; $35 for stroller registration (includes child T-shirt); and $20 for children 10 and under. Race day registration and packet pickup is 6:30-7:45 a.m. Saturday, May 11. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Online registration is not available for groups. To register a group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and for more information and registration details, visit www.ppdsupport.org/moms-run.
Registration forms and checks can be mailed to Postpartum Support Charleston, 636 Long Point Road, Unit G #51, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. Fleet Feet Sports Mount Pleasant will host packet pickup 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 10 and will donate 10 percent of all sales that day to the Moms’ Run.
The race starts promptly at 8 a.m. at Blackbaud Stadium and continues through the scenic Etiwan Park neighborhood before ending back inside Blackbaud Stadium for the awards presentation and Family Fun Day. Immediately following the run, Family Fun Day will offer free food and various children’s activities, including a jump castle, putt-putt golf, face painting, crafts and games. Family Fun Day lasts until noon and is free to registered race participants and asks for a $10 donation per family for non-race participants.
This Mother’s Day weekend make sure to stop by Blackbaud Stadium to join the other 329 registered participants and support mothers with postpartum depression everywhere.
For more information, contact Holly Fisher at email@example.com or 843-410-3585.
Katherine Murchison is a junior at Charleston County’s School of the Arts where she is majoring in creative writing. She recently moved to Mount Pleasant from Long Island, N.Y.