On the 27th of October, Lyndie and Axel Irons will be walking 5km with NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Health) to raise awareness for mental health and support.
Lyndie’s aim is to raise $5,000 and as important, to spread a message of hope. “NAMI has been a life changer for me.” She said.
I wish I knew of NAMI when I needed help, and also not knowing how to help Andy. I felt very alone and isolated, and too scared to reach out for help.”
Lyndie has also set up the Andy Irons Foundation with a similar mission:
“Our mission is to celebrate the legacy of the surfing legend Andy Irons through vital and innovative programs that alleviate mental illness, substance abuse and learning disabilities among our youth… creating healthy, uplifted and supportive communities.”
Read more about the walk and how to donate from Lyndie below.
I am participating in a unique event that is very important to me. It’s called NAMI Walks in Honolulu on October 27th and I have been given the title of honorary chairwomen. The goal of this event is to raise awareness to mental illness, and I am walking for the ANDY IRONS FOUNDATION.
Andy Irons was one of the greatest surfers of all time. Raised in Hawaii, he was groomed on the planet’s best waves, which lead to three world championships and dozens of international titles. Andy was known around the world for his style and charisma—he was a hero to millions. But unbeknownst to most, he also battled with mental illness, substance abuse, and grew up with learning disabilities that followed him into adulthood. In 2010, on his return from a contest in Puerto Rico, Andy passed away at the age of 32 in a Dallas hotel room from a heart attack. I was eight months pregnant at the time of his passing with Axel.
As a young person, Andy had challenges in all three of these areas, making school and academic achievement insurmountable. But surfing was where everything came together and the place where he was most at peace through his teens. He had been diagnosed as bipolar in his early twenties, but treatment was not consistent. Though Andy fought with his demons around his mental illness, he was able to utilize the intensity of his disease to achieve a skill level that few others have ever dreamed.
To honor Andy’s legacy and to ensure that youth struggling with similar issues as Andy can rise above their challenges we started the www.andyironsfoundation.org I wish I knew of NAMI when I needed help, and also not knowing how to help Andy. I felt very alone and isolated, and too scared to reach out for help. It is important for me to walk with NAMI because I want people to know that they are not alone, and encourage and educate those who suffer from mental illness, as well as their loved ones, to not be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. My goal is to at raise at least $5k. Thank you for your consideration and support. I hope to see some of you out there walking with us on October 27th as well.
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Read our interview with Lyndie from earlier in the year here.