LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Her daughter Emily was in the eighth grade when Suzi Heim first learned of the struggle the Lee's Summit teen was facing.
"A group of her good friends told the counselors that Emily was leaving lunch and believed that she was purging," Heim said. "By her freshman year, she was officially diagnosed with bulimia."
Emily struggled with the eating disorder as well as depression and anxiety for seven years. Two years ago, when Emily was 21, she took her own life.
"She shared with me one conversation that she had become numb to feeling and to being able to love," Heim said. "So she changed (her motto) to 'endure, fight, love.'"
Those three words became the inspiration for Heim's effort to organize the first benefit walk in Kansas City for NEDA, the National Eating Disorder Association.
Heim has nearly 300 walkers, and nearly doubled her fundraising goal of $10,000.
"I feel good when I can help others," Heim said. "That helps me heal."
The walk will be held at Berkley Riverfront Park at Grand Boulevard and River Front Road on Saturday, June 15. Check-in time is 8 a.m., and the walk runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.