Thank you for visiting my Butterfly Run fundraising page. The Butterfly Run was created to support life-saving research and care for kids affected by behavioral and mental health issues such as substance abuse, trauma, suicide, developmental disorders, and depression. We hope to raise awareness and gain an understanding of the many issues facing patients and families affected by these conditions.
Carsten struggles to overcome many obstacles created by his ADHD, OCD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. But these labels do not define him. He's a gifted athlete, comedian, caregiver, friend and he's never met a stranger. He's daring and bold and the king of the comedic one-liner in almost every situation. But there is so much that people don't know about his struggles and his desire to have his brain just be like everyone else. He struggles with emotion regulation, impulse control, social cues, self-esteem, attention and focus, just to name a few.
I created this team for many reasons. One, to show Carsten that he has an entire network of friends and family supporting him in this battle within himself, on his good days and his bad days. Two, there is a severe lack of qualified clinicians in the central Ohio area to deal with behavioral and mental issues. At a time when we were really struggling with Carsten's needs, we were given a priority referral for a pediatric psychiatrist to evaluate and treat Carsten. We had to wait seven long months to have him evaluated. We have been blessed to find a wonderful psychiatrist for him. But he is overworked and overbooked and we often have to wait 2-3 weeks for scheduling past his follow-up times because he has so many patients.Three, there are even more limited options for outpatient or in-home therapy that is covered by private insurance. An in-home therapy that was recommended for Carsten was over $13,000 for 3 months of treatment. None of it covered by insurance! Four, awareness, awareness, awareness. Twenty percent of kids will be diagnosed with a mental or behaviorial issue in their childhood. But there is still a stigma and a lack of dialogue about these issues. This only compounds the problem. Most people aren't aware of all of the issues in day-to-day life that these illnesses cause. Knowledge means more people understand and want to help.Children’s Hospital is committed to treating all children regardless of their family’s ability to pay, which cannot be achieved without your support. I am participating in the Butterfly Run to help kids around the world who have behavioral and mental health needs. Won’t you join me in helping kids everywhere?
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