DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. – Close to 20 percent of new moms will experience
maternal mental illness. 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.
On Mother’s Day weekend, local nonprofit Postpartum Support Charleston
invites the community to stand up for these mothers and mothers
everywhere. The 14th annual Moms’ Run + Family Fun Day  is
Saturday, May 13 at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island. Registration
for the event is open and early-bird pricing is available through Jan.
The event raises money for Postpartum Support Charleston, a largely
volunteer-run organization dedicated to eradicating the stigma
surrounding maternal mental illness to ensure all women who suffer
receive support. The organization offers free peer-to-peer support
groups, educational programs for the public and the medical community as
well as providing grants to women who are not able to afford treatment
for PPD or related illnesses.
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, free food and plenty of children’s activities,
including a jump castle, face painting, crafts and games. Family Fun Day
is included in race registration.
“So many new moms suffer in silence from this all-too-common illness.
We want mothers to know they are not alone,” said Elaine DeaKyne, PPD
survivor and board president for Postpartum Support Charleston. “Our
race not only provides important funds for our work in the Charleston
area, but also is a way for all of us to join together and raise up the
mothers in our community.”
Early bird registration fees through Jan. 31 are $25 per adult; $30 for
stroller registration (includes 1 adult & 1 child; $5 each additional
child in the stroller); $15 for children 10 and under. Beginning Feb. 1,
prices go up to $30 per adult; $35 for stroller and $20 for children. A
Support the Cause option at $25 is available for non-runners who want a
T-shirt and race bag.
All runners are invited to create a race team and raise additional money
for Postpartum Support Charleston. Sponsorship and exhibitor
opportunities are available;
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Postpartum Support Charleston
Postpartum Support Charleston is dedicated to eradicating the stigma
surrounding maternal mental illness (such as depression, anxiety, OCD
and psychosis during and after pregnancy) to ensure all women who suffer
receive support. For more information, visit www.PPDSupport.org.
Find PSC on social media:
Twitter / Instagram @ppdsupportchs
Event hashtag #MomsRun2017