Closing Ceremony: Candlelight Vigil
ANAD’s 2017 Conference will end with a Candlelight Vigil where we will remember the lives lost, the struggles gained, and celebrate those currently in recovery. ANAD Executive Director, Laura Zinger, and ANAD Board President, Maria Rago will share the major strides ANAD has made in the last 16 months, what ANAD’s future looks like, and why ANAD’s future is worth fighting for as well!
Vigil speakers include Cherie Monarch from Mothers Against Eating Disorders (MAED) who will share her experience with having a daughter with an eating disorder and Marissa Kleemann who is in recovery and will share what the good and bad days look like, what gives her hope and what makes her keep believing that her future is worth fighting for.
Cherie Monarch entered the eating disorder community when her youngest daughter was diagnosed with anorexia when she was 15, almost 10 years ago. Due to failure of Blue Cross to provide treatment coverage, Cherie and her family had no option but to engage in FBT at home in an effort to save her daughter’s life. Chérie, her husband and her daughter completed a one-week intensive training program for FBT with Dr. Walter Kaye at UCSD. In fact, they were the very first family to ever complete this program. However, this would not be the end of their journey. Today, her daughter is solidly in recovery and is getting ready to graduate as a nurse practitioner. Chérie is now fulfilling her vow to help other families battling eating disorders. Cherie has been married for 30 years and has two daughters. She has owned her own real estate business since 1987 and at one point had over 20 employees. Cherie’ is very active in the eating disorder community and has led many advocacy events. Cherie also serves on the board for the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, a national eating disorder nonprofit. Cherie was recently awarded the National Mom Making a Difference Award for 2017 for her work with eating disorders and manages the five Mothers Against Eating Disorders MAED Facebook groups with the founder, Debra Schlesinger.
Marissa Kleemann is a college student working toward a psychology degree while pursuing life and recovery. Marissa is fluent in English but is also working on speaking her feelings and love every day. Marissa is stubborn, sassy, and sarcastic and uses those as her superpowers. Marissa works on fighting alligators when she's not doing art, swimming, loving life, and being awesome.
Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson