Join us on Saturday, May 8, 2021 in running or walking the 4th Annual Run to Believe virtual run. In the past four years, this race has raised over $13,700 for Every Mother Counts!

 

This year, we will be donating 100% of proceeds, split evenly, between Every Mother Counts and The Believe KNT Foundation. 

The Believe KNT Foundation is being founded this year by Kristen Garzone who created this race 4 years ago. Their mission is to help raise awareness and make postpartum mental health care available for ANY and ALL mothers in the United States regardless of (lack of) insurance, class, or race. Created in honor of Kristin Nicole Thorsen, who fought hard and lost her battle to postpartum depression in June of 2017. (Inquiries can be sent to believekntfoundation@gmail.com.)

Every Mother Counts works to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mom. More than 800 women die every day from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. EMC is working to change that. Learn more at www.everymothercounts.org.

On the weekend of May 8, grab your running shoes and head out anytime, anywhere. Post a photo on social media with your virtual race bib using #RunToBelieveKNT and #RunTeamEMC.

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Miles in honor of Kristin Nicole Thorsen

I met Kristin back in 2014 in Grenada on our honeymoon and from day 1, Kristin quickly became one of my most favorite people. I was a better person for having her in my life. After having similar struggles that I was so ashamed of, Kristin gave me the courage to open up about my own mental health issues and now, I want to honor Kristin and spread awareness the best way I know how – through running.

 

This virtual run started in 2018 on Mother’s Day weekend -- May 12th which would have been Kristin’s 31st birthday.  It was created as a way to honor the life of Kristin Nicole Thorsen who lost her battle to Postpartum Depression on June 2nd of 2017 and look forward to continuing this event for many years to come.

 

Kristin was a beloved wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was an extraordinary mother; her daughter Kayden was the center of her world. She had an infectious personality and spirit that brightened every room. Kristin most recently worked in the social services industry; she was passionate about working who those individuals who needed help the most. She always put others first and her love, kindness, selflessness, and friendships were admired by all who knew her. She will forever be very much loved, cherished, and most of all, missed. 

 

Maternal mental health issues, such as postpartum depression, is a real issue where 1.3 million mothers in the U.S. are affected each year. These miles will not only celebrate Kristin’s beautiful life but will also help spread awareness for women to find the help they need with ease. All proceeds will be donated in Kristin’s name to Every Mother Counts, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to maternal health before, during, and after birth.

 

Let us live life like Kristin would and believe you can achieve in all you do.  So today and every day, we share Kristin’s story to help others in need because that is what Kristin would want. We share so that others will not suffer this pain. We share so that we continue to believe that Kristin is always with us and that her light will shine on forever.

 

These miles are for you, Kristin!

-Written by Kristen Garzone, @mellank

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