The staff of Sierra Tucson, a premier treatment center and psychiatric hospital committed to helping people recover from addictions, mental/behavioral disorders, and chronic pain, demonstrated their compassion and joined the community to raise funds and awareness for two charity walks/runs in April 2011.
The first event benefited the National Alliance on Mental Illness with participation in NAMIWalks Southern Arizona on April 2, 2011. Sierra Tucson’s walk team joined hundreds of other Arizona agencies to walk for the cause.
NAMI is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. All proceeds from NAMIWalks will be used to fund NAMI’s programs which include support, education, advocacy, and encouragement of research involving mental illnesses (
http://www.namisa.org). The second event, on April 10, 2011, was to benefit the 13th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a fundraising run and walk to support the Southern Arizona Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This organization is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer; to provide funding to local life-saving programs; and to increase education, screening, and treatment for those who otherwise could not afford it (
Sierra Tucson’s “Team Toine” chose to race for the cure in support of their colleague and friend, Dr. Antoinette Giedzinska-Simons, who survived her battle with breast cancer, and to support the overall mission.
Holly Jindrick, Psy.D., Manager of Sierra Tucson’s Psychology Department, coordinated the staff participation in both walks. “Both teams raised money to support these fabulous causes, and the added bonus was the additional fun and camaraderie that comes with joining in such events,” said Holly. “Sierra Tucson looks forward to participating in the future and is proud of its runners and walkers!"