A Message From Lily The Dog

Many thanks to Department Chair Christine Earley for participating in our 5K NAMI Walks on October 22, 2016! Christine recently joined our Rhode Island Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and is now serving in the positions of Board Member and Treasurer.

As Theology Professor Dana Dillon’s pet labrador mix, I was delighted to lead our “Paul’s Pals” team on the walk. Eleven Providence College faculty and students, and one canine (me!), raised funds for our very worthy cause.

Paul is Dana’s brother; he lives with schizoaffective disorder bipolar type. He is one of my favorite humans in the world, the one who can always be relied on to take me out for some “walk, sniff, and restroom” quality time. I was more than happy to suffer through the indignity of wearing a purple human shirt (see below) to let Paul know that he’ll never walk alone.

Even though I walked on all fours, my paws were still extremely tired by the end of the event. Indeed, I had a ruff time completing the five kilometers! I can’t even begin to imagine how my human colleagues must have felt, being limited to two feet and all.

Thank you, Friars and friends, for your financial contributions. The funds will be used for the salaries of our support staff members and the training activities of our group and peer counselors.

And you can feel comfortable that the funds will be well spent, because Christine is our Treasurer! Sponsorship donations to her Walk can still be made via her NAMI web page.