A Drive to Thrive
It feels impossible that a year has passed since the 2019 Feelings are Real fundraiser. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to make the hard decision to not have a live fundraising event this year. In lieu of an event, we are having a week-long fundraising campaign “A Drive to Thrive”.
I’d like to first recognize the sponsors of last year’s event and then speak to the tremendous positive impacts made possible by proceeds raised. The event sponsors were:
Yorktown Systems Group, The Barron Family, Listen Local, Cintel Inc, Phil and Lisa Williams, LED-Orange, Quadrus Corporation, Venturi, CohesionForce, Revel Events Agency, The Fret Shop, and Kognito.
The proceeds from this event made it possible to make enormous progress on two fronts: first, getting tools to teachers and second, the Inner Defense Initiative.
The drive to get tools to teachers allowed for the purchase of enough licenses to provide the Kognito training programs to all the high school teachers in the Huntsville and Madison County school systems. When the partnership was made with Kognito, and the licenses were purchased, our community received far greater benefits than we had anticipated. Kognito has been a passionate partner in the effort to improve the well-being of teachers and students of our community. They are a small New York-based organization, yet they have had their education and technology experts persistently engaging with key stakeholders in our community to determine the critical needs of our schools, teachers, and students, and to ensure those needs are met with the best solutions.
The second program, which was announced at that event, the Inner Defense Initiative, saw the proceeds essential to kick off the citizen science research initiative. The Inner Defense is a collaborative effort between Little Orange Fish, iXpressGenes Inc., Paragon Research Corporation, and the University of Alabama Huntsville to better understand the relationship between the immune system and the mind toward the prevention and treatment of PTSD through biopsychology.
I’d like to recognize and extend a very special thanks to Yorktown Systems Group, for not only their title sponsorship of the event last year but also for their continued support and impassioned participation and leadership in spearheading the citizen science-aspect of Inner Defense Initiative.
As we move into 2021 we will continue to grow and nurture these two programs. Your support is critical. We are an all-volunteer 501(C)(3) organization, so all of your monetary support goes directly to implement and provide the materials for the training and awareness, and research programs of Little Orange Fish.
Thank you again for your support for Little Orange Fish and our shared vision to grow and strengthen the mental health care community, and ensure that every individual is able to get immediate access to essential support and treatment.
Daniel Adamek, PhD
Little Orange Fish was founded to support the premise that every individual can benefit from and deserves access to quality mental health care.
The vision is that through research and education, better quality mental health care, with greater continuity of care can be made accessible to all. Realizing this vision will do much more than save lives by reducing acts of violence and self-harm. It will also greatly enhance the quality of life for the tens of millions in the US, and the hundreds of millions worldwide, who suffer in silence from a variety of emotional and mental health issues.