#MyMileForBen Challenge

Ben's Memorial Mile is a community festival and running gala normally held every summer to raise money and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention in honor of Ben Silver. In light of COVID-19 and keeping us all safe, we instead created the "virtual" #MyMileForBen challenge: we are challenging you to cover one mile in any way you'd like. Please enter it into our Google Form below, and then challenge others do so, as well.

LOG YOUR MILE HERE!

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:

183

AMOUNT DONATED:

$4,872.60

PARTICIPANTS HAVE COMPLETED 1 MILE BY...

Biking, Hiking, Running, Swimming, Walking

COUNTRIES:

Australia, Canada, USA
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Information about this year's event:
  • Cover one mile any way you choose
  • Log your mile into our Google Form
  • Spread the word on social media or by word of mouth
  • Donations are purely optional

Thank You for Being a Part of Ben’s Story

Recent Updates

Use Amazon to Donate

Looking for other ways you can donate? You can purchase Amazon goods through Amazon’s charitable website smile.amazon.com and select Ben’s Memorial Mile as your charity. A portion of your purchases will be donated to BMM.

Amazon's Charitable Website

Yard Signs Will Be Available!

We will have yard signs next spring for the 2020 Ben’s Memorial Mile! If you are interested in displaying one, email us at info@bensmemorialmile.com with your address, and we will drop one off!

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Book Available on Amazon

Jamie Silver (Ben’s mom) wrote a book about connecting with Ben. You can find Our Forever Ben: Letters from a Loving Mom to Her Son in Spirit, And His Poetic Replies via the link below.

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Ben’s Story

Benjamin Lee Silver was not only a son, brother, cousin, friend, teammate, captain, and fierce competitor—he was also a huge figure in his community: an enthusiastic and empathetic person who positively touched those around him. As a student at Downers Grove North High School, he was a four-time all-state athlete well known for his success on the track and cross-country course. Ben continued his athletic and academic pursuits at Miami University of Ohio, a top liberal-arts institution with a storied athletic history. However, during his college career he had a series of injuries and could not run, and his academics struggled as a result. He began acting erratically, and during the summer of his junior year he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, an often misunderstood and misdiagnosed disorder that typically arises in late adolescence and early adulthood. Though Ben’s struggles with this terrible illness eventually led to him taking his life in July 2015, the influence he had as a family member, friend, teammate, captain, and competitor lives on.

Join us this year for the third-annual running of Ben’s Memorial Mile, a community running event and celebration of life. Regardless of your ability, there will be an event for you! Join us in celebrating Ben’s life, your life, and all lives, all while raising awareness for mental health issues in the United States. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a former all-stater searching for a new personal best or a couch potato—there will be an event for you. Join us!

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Where Your Money Goes

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

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bbrfoundation.org

Hope for the Day

 

Hope For The Day (HFTD) focuses on suicide prevention and mental health education through self expression platforms to achieve outreach, education, and prevention. It’s ok not to be ok, have hope.

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hftd.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

namidupage.org

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