Two women continue to spread awareness about eating disorders

LINCOLN, Neb. — Two Lincoln women are bringing a new tradition to the capitol city with a walk for eating disorders.

They opened up a clinic to help people who suffer from eating disorders in April, and continue to do what they can to spread awareness through the community.

Carli Israelson and Kim Waters started Hope Health Care because they saw a need in Lincoln for a specialized eating disorder facility. What prompted them they said was the lack of treatment facilities in the state.

There are three other hospitals or treatment centers in the Nebraska, and Hope Health Care is the first of its kind in Lincoln.

But there efforts don’t stop there. The women also wanted to bring the National Eating Disorder Awareness walk to Lincoln. In 2010 Omaha held a NEDA walk but Sunday, was the first time for the capitol city.

The women said they wanted to host the walk to bring together people who suffer from eating disorders, and to continue to spread awareness for the disease and provide information and resources for people seeking treatment.

Kim and Carli said their passion for the cause comes from their own personal struggles.

“I lost a lot in my life. And, I’m just really grateful to be here today. It’s really a dream come true. So, I really hope this can be inspiration to everyone out there that is struggling and just needs a little bit of hope,” said Kim Waters.

Funds raised from the walk go to the National Eating Disorder Association. They use it for programming, directing patients to resources and therapists and to run their 24/7 hour hotline.

For their first time hosting the walk they said it was a good turn out at Holmes Lake. Their goal was to raise $7,500 but…

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