Shelane's Run is proudly partnered with Postpartum Support Virginia (PSVa) . Together we are dedicated to spreading awareness of postpartum depression disorders and helping families find the support they need following the birth or loss of a newborn.
After the tragic passing of Shelane in June of 2015, friends and family established an annual 5K Run/Walk and Kids 1K Fun Run in her honor to memorialize Shelanes' love and commitment to her family, community and running. It is the ONLY road race in Virginia focused on maternal mental health.
Our mission is to spread awareness, promote programs that offer postpartum support and resources, and to encourage women and their families to reach out for help. Our goal is to establish and offer grants to families that may not be able to afford the treatment they truly need and deserve.
After struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of my two children and the lack of awareness and discussion surrounding it, I knew I needed to get involved. For me that initially meant training for Shelane’s Run and being there that day to run in her memory with my family and friends. It has also allowed me to connect with Postpartum Support Virginia and continue to help other mothers in need. I’m just so thankful for Shelane’s Run as it allowed me to find a passion for running which has been essential in my recovery and connect with others who have fought the same battle and continue to fight to make a difference.