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Vinfen’s Run-4-Life Raises $29,000 for Health and Wellness Initiatives

On May 11 and 12, four 12-person teams of Vinfen staff, supporters, and persons served donned headlamps and sneakers to run the 190-mile Run-4-Life relay race from Hull to Provincetown, MA. They ran all day and all night to raise funds and awareness for people with psychiatric conditions. We are thrilled to announce that with your support, this year we raised over $29,000!

The average life expectancy for people with major mental illness is 25-30 years shorter compared to the general population. This is largely due to treatable medical conditions that are caused by lifestyle risk factors like smoking, obesity, and inadequate access to medical care.

The good news is that people can take steps to influence these factors, and significantly reduce the likelihood of an adverse health outcome. With your help, Vinfen can enhance the health and well-being of the people we serve by developing programs that increase health awareness, encourage physical activity, provide nutrition education, create opportunities for exercise and fitness, and promote community involvement and partnerships that support healthy living.

Your generous support of Vinfen’s Run-4-Life has funded microgrants for some incredible health and wellness initiatives here at Vinfen, including a Garden Project at our Cambridge/Somerville Recovery Learning Center, yoga classes, and much more.

Special thanks to this year’s event sponsors: Alexandria Real Estate Equities; Principal Builders; J&F Construction; Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP; MIT; Afia Health; Atlantis Investments; Fenway Consulting Group; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC; Swift Staffing; WastePlace; Watertown Savings Bank; Olympia Moving and Storage; Pelham Community Pharmacy; Patina Solutions; Commonwealth Solutions LTD; Merchants Leasing; and Atwood’s Tavern.

Though we have raised an incredible amount of money this year, it’s not too late to help us reach our goal of $30,000! Click the button below to be a part of our Run-4-Life team. You are welcome to choose an individual runner to suport, or navigate to to support Vinfen’s Run-4-Life.

To view our photo slideshow, please click on any of the thumbnails below.