Wednesday, May 18, 2011

NAMI Walk 2011

Norah and I will be participating in an event that is very important to me. NAMIWalks, the signature walkathon event of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is being held in Portland, OR.

WHERE: Vera Katz Eastbak Esplanade (SE Main at SE Water)
WHEN: Sunday, May 22, 2011


My brother, Brent Slowik, had a mental illness called Paranoid Schizophrenia - "one of several types of schizophrenia, a chronic mental illness in which reality is interpreted abnormally. The classic features of paranoid schizophrenia are having beliefs that have no basis in reality and hearing things that aren't real."

Unfortunately in my brother's case this disease took his life by suicide. I walk every year in his memory and to help others like Brent.

I would like to ask you to come and walk with me and/or to donate to support my participation in this great event. Please visit the team page for Brent's Buddies and sign up: Donating online is fast and secure, and I'll get immediate notification via e-mail of your donation.


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the largest education, support and advocacy organization that serves the needs of all whose lives are touched by these illnesses. This includes persons with mental illness, their families, friends, employers, the law enforcement community and policy makers. The NAMI organization is composed of approximately 1100 local affiliates, 50 state offices and a national office.

The goals of the NAMIWalks program are: to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness, to build awareness of the fact that the mental health system in this country needs to be improved, and to raise funds for NAMI so that they can continue their mission.

NAMI is a 501(c)3 charity and any donation you make to support my participation in this event is tax deductible. NAMI has been rated by Worth magazine as among the top 100 charities "most likely to save the world" and has been given an "A" rating by The American Institute of Philanthropy for efficient and effective use of charitable dollars.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested.


C h r i s t o p h e r S l o w i k

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day Trista!!!

I have the pleasure of seeing the best mother in action everyday. Norah Jane Slowik has the most loving, caring, thoughtful mother ever (besides her grandmothers, of course). Trista is one of those people who God has always planned on being a mother someday, and that someday came one and a half years ago on October 15th, 2009 when Norah was born and Trista became a mother. I have no doubt that no one loves Norah more than Trista and Norah love no one more than her "ma ma".

Here are some pictures of Norah and Trista over then last year and a half.

...and here's a teaser of the video I made of what Trista missed at the Easter 2011 celebration....


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