Chicago, IL NEDA Walk

Online pre-registration is now closed, but you can still register at the walk! Donations will be accepted online through 11/20.

Event Details

Walk Venue: Diversey Harbor - Lincoln Park
Walk Location: 2601 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
Walk Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Check In Time: 9am
Opening Ceremony: 10am
Walk End Time: 11am
Walk Fundraising Goal: $60,000
Contact: Jessica Hickman at jhickman@nationaleatingdisorders.org
Location/Parking Details: The NEDA Walk event location is north of the zoo, and south of the driving range. Free, limited parking is available on Cannon Drive. Pay to park options are available at the zoo and driving range areas. Click here for a map.

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Online registrations closes at 2pm CT on Friday, 10/18. Didn't meet the deadline? You can still register at the walk!


Ryan Sheldon, @bingeeaterconfessions

A motivational speaker and brawn model, Ryan has been educating audiences about body image and binge eating disorder since his own diagnosis in 2015. Passionate about raising awareness of binge eating and body image issues as an Ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association, he has shared his story with the Today Show, Huffington Post, and Teen Vogue, among other outlets. An LGBTQ+ man living in a larger body, Ryan also speaks to teens about masculinity, identity, and body confidence. He is currently working on a book about his and other men's experiences learning to eat mindfully and love themselves just as they are. You can find Ryan on Instagram at BingeEaterConfessions or at his blog MrConfessions.com.


Gina Susanna, @nourishandeat

Gina is a writer, blogger, and Instagrammer whose work integrates mental health and eating disorders on the axes of body politics and self acceptance. Currently she runs the Instagram account @nourishandeat, providing inspirational and thought-challenging content, along with sharing her own personal journey. She is the creator of the hashtag #embracethesquish, a movement driven by the idea that our bodies in every form are worthy of love and respect. She believes in the power of authenticity and acceptance, working to make sure her followers know that perfection — in life and in recovery — doesn’t exist. Gina is a frequent speaker at various workshops, panels, retreats, and NEDA walks. She is also currently enrolled in graduate study to receive her Masters in Clinical Mental Health. You can find Gina on Instagram, Twitter, or somewhere under a blanket. With snacks.


Eric Dorsa

Eric faithfully serves as a Recovery Ambassador Council member for Eating Recovery Center. Eric is an LGBTQ advocate, actor, comedian, and drag queen currently living in Chicago, Illinois. As an advocate for the LGBTQ community, Eric travels around the country sharing his experiences of Eating Disorder Recovery, coming out as a gay person, and his recovery from substance abuse with college campuses and patients in treatment. Eric has been featured on Texas Public Radio “Worth Repeating”, Mental Note Podcast “Drag Queen Wisdom”, Huffington Post Queer Voices, and has given an award winning 2014 TEDx Talk entitled “ How Dressing in Drag Made Me Uncover My Authentic Self.” Eric hopes that sharing his story will inspire others to know that they are not alone, to seek connection and treatment, and that full recovery is possible.


Thank you to our sponsors

This sponsor section is to acknowledge the financial support of our sponsors. Neither this section nor any other listings or signage seen at the walk is intended in any way as an endorsement of the companies listed, their products or services.

Goal: $60,000
Amount Raised: $54,818

Participant Center 


  1. Recover(ing) - $4,266
  2. Lori Muller - $3,115
  3. Indoor Cats! - $2,709
  4. Team Cami - $2,425
  5. Galewood Squad - $1,740
  6. UIC Student Nutrition Association - $1,630
  7. Scars to Our Beautiful - $1,440
  8. Perfectly Imperfect - $1,425
  9. Recoveryandiscovery - $1,359
  10. Boost - $1,105


  1. Claire Cheskey - $6,000
  2. LORI Muller - $3,115
  3. Dena Angela - $2,700
  4. Cami Blechschmidt - $2,315
  5. Shawn Oberholtzer - $1,390
  6. Aggie Laboe - $1,390
  7. Rebecca Schneider - $1,325
  8. Jeannette Levitt - $1,094
  9. Lara Zich - $1,045
  10. Christin Shanks - $1,045