The Rainbow Run/Walk is in memory of Cassandra Grace Duncan. While nothing can replace the hole left by her death, her passing has taught us the importance of educating the public and supporting those touched by mental illness.
The Rainbow Fund
The Rainbow Fund was started in memory of our daughter Cassandra Grace Duncan. She was almost 15 years old when she took her own life the day after Christmas 2005. Since her death, we have learned so much about suicide and mental illness, and how so many people and their families struggle every day to survive.
The Rainbow Fund continues to strive to expand its programs and to bring awareness and hope to those living with mental illness. Since 2011, all funds raised by The Rainbow Fund have been donated to NAMI-Rhode Island (National Alliance on Mental Illness). These funds directly support a program called “Inside Mental Illness” which is a unique interactive teaching program about mental illness for high school students. This free program illustrates how we can create positive change in our society by reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. It is delivered by people living well with mental illness who show that hope and recovery are possible.
Our exciting news for 2017 is that The Rainbow Fund is now organized under Harvest Acre Farm which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization! The goal of Harvest Acre Farm is to support the exploration and development of a farm project that will enable us to become a place that provides productive activities, practical skills and a holistic setting for individuals living with mental illness. Our hope is that this setting and experience will allow these individuals to achieve their full potential. We will also continue to support NAMI’s “Inside Mental Illness” program.
Please find it in your heart and legs to support a cause so near to our hearts. Our Mental Wellness affects all of us, every day!
Sincerely, The Duncan Family