We want to express our immense gratitude to Bailey for his tremendous effort in running a marathon to raise funds and awareness for Bipolar Australia.
Here is Bailey's story:
March the 30th is World Bipolar Day. A day to bring awareness to a mental health condition that I was diagnosed with at the beginning of 2021. The year included an eight month long deep depression, multiple admissions to hospital, two serious attempts to take my own life, two and a half weeks in a coma, three broken ribs, a broken ankle, a broken neck at C6 & C7, a broken pelvis and a stage 3 brain injury - one very traumatic journey!
I am not saying this to draw pity from, or scare you, but is just to provide an explanation of how severe this condition can become. This depressive state has recently turned into what is called a ‘hypo manic’ high state that has me in a place where I feel high on life and on top of the world at a very unsustainable level, but also allows me the motivation and energy to actively learn how to manage and control this condition effectively. I have proudly and happily survived my recent ordeals and made it to this day and am working hard on my recovery, which comes with a passion to raise some money and awareness for a foundation called ‘Bipolar Australia’ in an effort to be able to provide more of those living with this condition the help they, and their families, need to live a healthy and happy life.
Running a marathon has always been a dream of mine, and also something that I have kept pushing back in the past couple of years of my running journey. So on March 29, 2021, the day before World Bipolar Day, I ran my first marathon, starting and finishing at the Henley Sailing Club car park in West Beach, wearing the Bipolar Australia ribbon as shown in the photo, alongside my family and friends supporting.
It would mean the world to me, and many others, if you would please donate, even as small as $1 to help support this cause, as every dollar counts and will contribute towards saving a life such as my own.
This is my story and how I wanted to tell it, as truthful as possible and at the right time for me. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions about the event and I will hopefully see you there or feel your support leading up to it!
THANK YOU BAILEY!!!
The $3,000 you helped raised and donated to Bipolar Australia will be spent towards the raising of awareness of the Bipolar condition by the holding of our event "Blowing Bubbles for Bipolar" on World Bipolar Day on March 30, in as many locations across Australia as possible.