My name is Allie, and I have been a NAMI member for almost 6 years. I owe everything to NAMI for giving me back my life. I am a psychology/substance abuse counseling student, and I work as a direct support professional for developmentally and mentally disabled adults and children. I am walking the catwalk because I want to face my anxiety head on. I am not my illness. Also, my psychiatrist, Dr. Laitman, is also walking, and I want to show him up!

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” – John Lennon