A youth mental health organization goes the distance for a Toronto hospital

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Over the last eight years, The Maddie Project, a grassroots community organization advocating for youth mental health, has sparked conversations and raised almost $4 million to help provide uninhibited access to mental health support for young people and their families. Now, they are once again partnering with North York General Hospital through Push Your Limits, a gruelling ultra-endurance challenge created by former Navy SEAL David Goggins. The 4x4x48 challenge, which takes place from March 3-5, entails walking or running four miles, every four hours for 48 hours to bring more awareness and fundraise for this important cause.

If you fancy yourself a runner, you can test your mettle by signing up for the challenge at the North York General Foundation website.

There is no fee to participate, but those who raise over $100 will receive a swag bag and medal to commemorate the incredible feat. In total, runners will be covering 48 miles over the weekend. If you aren’t sure you can go the full 48 hours solo, you can also opt to split the challenge with a friend and enter as a relay team.

Push Your Limits welcomes participants from across the globe – with past challenges seeing registrants from more than six countries. If you are local to the GTA, The Maddie Project and North York General have partnered with Aethos, a comprehensive health and performance facility located in North York, to serve as the official challenge headquarters. Join others and mark the 4x4x48 Goggins Challenge off your bucket list while making a difference for youth in the community.

North York General Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health program provides care to children, teenagers and their families who are experiencing mental health difficulties. This includes an Inpatient Unit, an Outpatient Program and a Day Hospital. Through generous supporters like The Maddie Project, the hospital has been able to update their clinical spaces to enhance the care experience for patients.

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