The Rainbow Fund was started in May, 2011 in memory of Cassie Duncan to bring awareness to Mental Health issues and to remove the dark cloud of stigmatism and fear away from mental illness and replace it with the Rainbow of Hope. All proceeds from the race will be donated to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in hopes of getting the word out and to help as many people as possible.
Cassie was almost 15 years old when she took her own life the day after Christmas, 2005. I first met Cassie when I was assigned to tutor her oldest brother Dan while he was home from school. While I knew Dan from school, this was the first time that I had met Cassie and her family. Cassie was about five or six years old then and she was so exited to show me her litter of new kittens. Since that time I was fortunate to watch Cassie grow into the fine your lady that she was turning out to be. She had so much potential and I always enjoyed seeing her and her brothers in school or when I stopped by their farm. Sadly, that all changed on December 26, 2005.
What we can do at this time is to support the Duncan family in their efforts to raise awareness of mental illness by taking part in this race. If you are a runner or a walker, participating in this race/walk through scenic Richmond, Rhode Island will do much to help spread the word. I have attached a PDF version of the race application form. Please feel free to download it or share it with others who might be interested. When you meet the Duncan family, you’ll come to love them as I have over the past fifteen years. Race Application.