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Southwest NEDA Walk

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Event Details

Event Location: Online!
Event Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Event Times: 11am - 12:30pm Central Time
Fundraising Goal: $50,000

Event registration closes at 5pm CT on 10/16. You must sign up to receive the virtual event login link.

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Angelo Thomas

Angelo Thomas is a writer, filmmaker, and mental health activist. Since recovering from anorexia in 2018, Angelo has been a voice for others struggling with eating disorders in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. He works as an Outreach Coordinator for ANAD and has spoken at NEDA walks and conferences throughout the country. Angelo recently completed The Incredible Jake Parker, a book and feature film about a teenage popstar's battle with anorexia.


Shalini Wickramatilake-Templeman

Shalini is a public health professional and eating disorder recovery advocate whose hope is that anyone struggling with mental health or addiction issues recognizes that they deserve help and that they are able to access the services they need. Based in the suburbs of Washington, DC, Shalini’s day job entails public policy work focused on substance use disorder issues. 

Shalini earned her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, and she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Health with a focus on Health Policy and Management there. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. In her free time, aside from eating disorders advocacy work, she enjoys baking, attempting mindfulness, stomping on crunchy leaves, and spending time with her family.


Kara Richardson Whitely

Kara Richardson Whitely is an author, public speaker and adventurer. She took on Africa's highest peak three times and wrote Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds and The Weight of Being. Gorge is being made into a major motion picture by Amazon Studios with Chrissy Metz (who plays Kate on This Is Us) producing and starring as her. She has been featured in The New York Times and on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS' The Talk and countless other media outlets. She serves as a national Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Advocate for Eating Recovery Center. It is now her mission to share her story and inspire others to take bold steps and move mountains in their lives.


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: $50,000
Amount Raised: $50,446

Participant Center 


  1. Jason James M.D., PLLC - $2,956
  2. Born to be Wiled - $2,300
  3. Metanoia Nutrition - $1,610
  4. Walking Warriors - $1,575
  5. Team Raya - $1,420
  6. Eyes to the Wind - $1,250
  7. #tWINning - $820
  8. Don't NEDA mirror to define you - $760
  9. Brave Butterflies - $705
  10. SEDA Western - $670


  1. Sarah Bertsch - $5,000
  2. Hannah Bertsch - $5,000
  3. Priya James - $2,856
  4. Tiffany Carreker - $2,450
  5. Catherine Wile - $2,000
  6. Emmy Lu Henley - $1,610
  7. Raya Lasiewski - $1,420
  8. Abigail Slye - $1,275
  9. Morgan Johnson - $1,250
  10. Melissa Retzsch - $1,040