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The goal of NEDA Walks is to raise funds to further NEDA's mission of supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serving as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care.
Eating disorders are life-threatening illnesses that affect millions of individuals and their families every day. Despite their increasing prevalence, eating disorders receive less than $1 in research funds per affected person, compared to an average of $70 for other major mental illnesses. Eating disorders are widely misunderstood illnesses and support options are often inaccessible. As a result, too many people are left feeling helpless, hopeless, and frightened – this is why we walk. NEDA Walks are raising critical funds, restoring hope, and changing the conversation surrounding eating disorders.
As the leading U.S. nonprofit supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders, NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care. The funds you raise through NEDA Walks put lifesaving resources into the hands of those in need. With every dollar you raise, we are one step closer to our shared vision of a world without eating disorders.
No, most NEDA Walks do not have registration fees. A self-donation is encouraged in order to jump-start your personal fundraising efforts.
NEDA Walks that take place at zoos or similar venues may have a registration fee in order to cover zoo entry. A separate personal donation to NEDA is also encouraged and greatly appreciated!
Team captains recruit other walkers and inspire them to raise money to support the fight against eating disorders. As a leader, you will set your team's fundraising goal, help your team members reach it, and get your team members excited for the event. NEDA provides a Team Captain Toolkit and other fundraising resources to help you build and lead successful team.
We love seeing your team spirit, too! You can get creative by making your own hats, t-shirts, signs, etc. Let your creativity and passion stand out!
Most NEDA Walk venues are pet-friendly, but not all of them. If you are given the option to sign up your pet at the time of online registration, that means you can bring your pet. Please contact the local walk coordinator or the venue to inquire about rules surrounding pets.
Your pet is your responsibility - please keep your pet leashed and always clean up after them. Any pets that exhibit aggressive or unsafe behavior will be asked to leave the event. If your pet does not behave well in crowds or around other animals, kindly leave them at home.
Donations can be made via cash, check or online, with a credit card. All checks should be made payable to NEDA. Donations can be mailed to our office, or submitted at the event when you sign in.
If you are mailing in a check, please include one Offline Donation Form per unique gift, so we make sure that the appropriate person receives fundraising credit toward their fundraising goal. Checks should be mailed to the below address:
National Eating Disorders Association
200 W 41st Street, Suite 1203
New York, NY 10036.
If you have received the correct size, but need to exchange it for another size:
3310 Rosedale Avenue
Richmond, VA, 23230
If your question still hasn't been answered, please contact the National Walks Team!
NEDA is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak. The health of our community, especially those who are most vulnerable to the virus' serious complications, remains paramount. Upcoming NEDA Walks around the country may be rescheduled or go virtual. If you are registered for a NEDA Walk taking place in the Spring season, please check your email for updates.