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Annual walk on USC campus highlights eating disorders

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Organizers Karen McCullen and Margaret Yeakel met in 2012 to start SCEDA to help those who seek assistance in South Carolina. Organizers Karen McCullen and Margaret Yeakel met in 2012 to start SCEDA to help those who seek assistance in South Carolina.
At the close of registration Friday evening, the organization raised $7,551. At the close of registration Friday evening, the organization raised $7,551.

By Danielle Williams, Carolina News

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) hosted its fifth annual walk on the University of South Carolina's campus Saturday. NEDA hosts walks across the country to bring awareness to eating disorders and to raise funds for the development of resources, treatment, and education.

The South Carolina Eating Disorder Association (SCEDA) teamed up with Thomson Student Health Center to hold the event. This was the first time SCEDA held the event on a college campus.

SCEDA's organizers Karen McClullen and Margaret Yeakel started the South Carolina chapter of the organization in 2012 because they too struggled to find resources for support and treatment for their loved ones in the state.

"Both of us are parents of daughters with eating disorders who were very fortunate to receive good care. Unfortunately, both of them had to go out-of-state to receive the care. And we learned first-hand how difficult it can be for the family to travel out-of-state," Yeakel said.

The organization had raised $7,551 at the close of online registration Friday evening.

SCEDA's next event will be Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 1 at the South Carolina State House to raise awareness about eating disorders.

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