The Ben Sullivan Memorial Fund was established by the family of Ben Sullivan in his memory. Ben was a kind, sensitive, and caring person who was beloved by all who knew him. He succumbed to suicidal depression after silently battling depression and anxiety. He was 23 years old at the time of his death.

The fund was established with the goal of funding organizations that conduct research into the causes of and cures for anxiety and depression. The fund has given grants to the Kalin Lab and the HealthEmotions Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Psychiatry.

An additional goal of Ben's family is to open the discussion around depression and anxiety. We hope to lessen the stigma that is often associated with mental illness. When we talk about depression and anxiety more openly as the illnesses that they are - and not character flaws - we hope that people will feel more at ease in seeking the help they need.

We lost Ben too young and too soon. We hope to prevent other families from suffering the tragic loss of a sensitive, loving, talented young person like Ben. The world needs more people like him.

Our main fundraising event for this fund is Ben's Ride - a bike ride and fun walk event that is held annually in the middle of May. Check out the website to learn more about participating in, volunteering at, sponsoring the event, or reading about the research.

To make a contribution online to the Ben Sullivan Memorial Fund, click the "Donate Now" button.

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