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East NEDA Walk

Event Details: Log on to the event 5 minutes before showtime with this link nedawalk.org/EastNEDAWalk2021

Event Location: Online!
Event Date: Sunday, April 25, 2021
Event Times: 11am - 12 pm ET
Fundraising Goal: $130,000
Contact: walks@nationaleatingdisorders.org

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Mimi Cole, @thelovelybecoming

Mimi Cole is currently pursuing her Master’s degree to become a therapist. She is the host of the podcast, The Lovely Becoming, and is passionate about disordered eating and obsessive compulsive disorder. Mimi has experience working in the residential and outpatient levels of care as a patient assistant for individuals with eating disorders. As a clinician-in-training, Mimi hopes to practice from a Health At Every Size, trauma-informed lens. Outside of being a student, Mimi loves to read and write, go to coffee shops, and connect with new people.


Sandy Gooen @silentwhat

Sandy Sahar Gooen (he/him) is a performing artist and educator in recovery from an eating disorder. His advocacy focuses on marginalized groups and/or underrepresented communities in the eating disorder field, especially those he’s a part of (LGBT, men, Jewish, higher weight, disabled). 


Tyler Mortensen @mort_ivation

I am 27 years old, from New Jersey and have been engaged with NEDA since 2015, when I attended my first NEDA Walk with my mother in Morristown, NJ. I have since seen the great assistance NEDA can play in ED recovery and making a difference in the knowledge of ED and recovery. I have been an active fundraiser for NEDA, with increasing fundraising goals each year, successfully reaching over $1,000 in fundraising this year for the East NEDA Walk! 

NEDA has played a large role in my continued success in eating disorder recovery. I am proud to support and be a part of this organization. Outside of my participation in NEDA Walks, I live a very eventful life. I am a Health/Fitness Coach for a company called “EXOS”, where I manage a corporate fitness center. I also enjoy my daily workouts, keeping my own personal health in mind. My other hobby is bowling, where I compete competitively on a weekly basis in leagues and tournaments (have been bowling since I was 3 years old and have multiple perfect ‘300’ games). Most importantly, I am a happy husband (recently married in September 2020 to my wife Marissa) and proud dog Dad to my 1 year old puppy Cooper! 



Christina Grasso @thepouf

Christina Grasso is a writer, social media consultant, and creative director originally from Western Pennsylvania. Over the past decade, she has worked and collaborated with numerous brands and publications in the fashion and beauty space including: Chanel, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent, NylonHuffington Post, Oscar de la Renta, and Law and Order: SVU, among others. Inspired by her own recovery from anorexia, which she has battled since the age of 12, Christina co-founded The Chain, a 501c3 non-profit peer support network for women in fashion coping with eating disorders. She also serves as a board member for Glam4Good Foundation and a member of Thirteen Lune's Vanguard, a group of people who are committed to change and amplifying Black and Brown owned brands and the teams and stories behind them. Christina graduated in 2011 from Saint Mary's College with concentrations in Communication and Italian. She lives in Manhattan with her cat, Stevie Nicks.


Musical Performance by Backtrack Vocals

Founded in 2013, Backtrack is quickly defining itself as a powerhouse a cappella group throughout its hometown, New York City, and beyond. This five member group performs a variety of music, with an emphasis on covers of today's top pop music. Backtrack was originally formed to produce YouTube videos, and since its founding, the group has gained over 10 million views and 110,000 subscribers. Expanding from it's YouTube origins, Backtrack now performs live at music halls, universities, festivals, high schools and private functions. They create impressive covers of past and present pop music, write inspiring original compositions and dare to take on unexpected genres such as classical and electronic music.


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: $130,000
Amount Raised: $141,657

Participant Center 


  1. Team Andrea - $4,645
  2. Warming Up - $3,170
  3. Team Newman - $2,655
  4. Team Miller - $2,595
  5. Clarity Fitness - $2,464
  6. Hope - $2,080
  7. Team Olivia - $2,015
  8. Rae of Hope - $1,665
  9. Reflections - $1,604
  10. Middlebury Women's Soccer - $1,559


  1. Annie Sullivan - $15,600
  2. Anna Kagiliery - $5,000
  3. Lisa Hedgepeth - $4,501
  4. Susan Black - $3,455
  5. Samantha Johnson - $3,190
  6. Isabel Moran - $2,850
  7. Helen Newman - $2,655
  8. Elena Mayo - $2,600
  9. Kathleen Miller - $2,570
  10. Michele Loiacono - $1,900