Postpartum Support Charleston is gearing up for the 15th annual Moms’ Run + Family Fun Day in May. Registration is now open and details are available at www.ppdsupport.org. This event is Postpartum Support Charleston’s largest fundraiser with proceeds going toward support groups and resources for area moms, educational materials and programs as well as the the grant program that provides financial assistance to women who need help paying for treatment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Close to 20 percent of new moms will experience a mood disorder. That means more women will suffer from illnesses like postpartum depression, anxiety and OCD in one year than the combined number of new cases among men and women of tuberculosis, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, lupus and epilepsy.
In 2017, Postpartum Support Charleston added two part-time staff and began expanding its support groups and resources for moms. Peer-led support groups and walks are available each week at locations all around the tri-county area. The nonprofit also offers one-on-one peer support, a private Facebook group and resources for dads who may be struggling with how to help the mom in their life.
The annual Moms’ Run — Postpartum Support Charleston’s largest fundraiser — is a 5K run/walk open to all ages followed by free events and activities for families. Participants and their families can arrive at 7 a.m. for pre-race Family Fun Day festivities. At 8 a.m., runners and walkers can join the 5K run/walk through Daniel Island and ending back at MUSC Health Stadium.
A Family Fun Day and awards ceremony will follow the race. Participants can enjoy music, food and plenty of children’s activities, including a jump castle, face painting, crafts and games. Family Fun Day is included in race registration.
Registration fees are $30 per adult; $35 for stroller registration (includes 1 adult & 1 child; $5 each additional child in the stroller); $20 for children 10 and under. Beginning April 27, prices go up to $35 per adult; $40 for stroller and $25 for children. A Support the Cause option at $25 is available for non-runners who want a T-shirt.
All runners are invited to create a race team and raise additional money for Postpartum Support Charleston. Teams of 10 or more will receive a $5 discount which will automatically applied when you reach 10 team members. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available; visit www.ppdsupport.org/events/momsrun2018/ for details or email email@example.com.