Path to Wellness 5K Run/Walk
Registration is now open for walkers and runners to participate in the Third Annual Path to Wellness 5K Run/Walk planned for Saturday, Oct. 5 at Lakes Park in Fort Myers. The event will benefit the Lee County Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and SalusCare, the new not-for-profit formed by the merger of Lee Mental Health and Southwest Florida Addiction Services (SWFAS). More than 300 people are expected to turn out for the race, which begins at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. Race results and timing provided by 3D Racing, Inc., of Cape Coral. Registration is $20 for walkers and $25 for runners and may be made online at www. active.com through October 4. Same day registration is available at Lakes Park for an additional $5. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 200 registrants. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age division for both males and females. Major sponsors of the Path to Wellness are the Fort Myers Police Department and Park Royal Hospital with support from Genoa Healthcare, Lee Memorial Health System and Susan Bennett Marketing & Media. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education. For more information, visit www.namilee.org SalusCare was formed July 1 with the merger of Lee Mental Health and Southwest Florida Addiction Services into one new non-profit organization. SalusCare offers outpatient and residential treatment for individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders from seven locations in Lee County and one in Hendry County. The multi-faceted agency also offers detoxification services for adults, prevention programming and an Employee Assistance Program for about 60 area companies. The majority of programs are accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. SalusCare is a United Way agency. For more information, call 239-332-6937.