EDIN, a local, Atlanta-based, not-for-profit organization celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, strives to offer education and insight on eating disorders and mental wellness. Its mission of education, amplification, and engagement is a much-needed resource for those members of our community seeking help, as well as for those who provide eating disorder treatment and care. The need for EDIN in our post-pandemic world is greater than even for people who continue to struggle with self-worth and body positivity.
“The pandemic has led to a surge of new cases and relapses as anxiety and isolation are typically very significant components of eating disorders,” says Marci Soran, Executive Director. “EDIN has provided resources to schools and the general community since 1996, and now, our work is more critical than ever before.”
It is only through EDIN’s outreach and fundraising programs that this essential work can continue. The Celebrity Dance Challenge and Merrick’s Walk are but two of EDIN’s fun fundraisers this fall. There are many ways that you can help to ensure their important mission continues now and in years to come.
Merrick’s Walk is held in honor of Merrick Ryan who passed away in 2000 from complications from anorexia. Merrick was an alumna of The Galloway School and EDIN partners with Galloway to host a 2.7-mile walk in Merrick’s memory that is attended by more than 350 friends, families, and partner organizations. “2021 marks the 21st Merrick's Walk, an inspirational, community-building event where passionate walkers raise money to fund eating disorders education, prevention, and support,” says Soran. “We are excited to be able to resume this important awareness event as we all emerge from the pandemic.”
Because of the global pandemic, EDIN pivoted the Give Thanks for EDIN Celebrity Dance Challenge to a broadcast fundraising event where dancers picked their favorite Atlanta backdrops and created their own music videos, streaming live with an auction and interviews.
“For EDIN, this event brings together local celebrities, clinicians, and community members to compete in our premier annual fundraiser to support body positivity and EDIN's programming: EDucation and INsight on eating disorders,” says Soran. “This year, due to the pandemic, we are seeing the highest rates of new cases and relapses of eating disorders than ever before. EDIN's work has never been more important.”
For more information about EDIN please visit MyEdin.org