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Brandon Marshall to walk in benefit for mental illness awareness Saturday

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall | Jim Prisching~AP Photo

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall will be participating in the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ eighth annual 5k walk along the lakefront Saturday.

Donations of more than $100 to Brandon Marshall’s team will earn a matched donation from the Brandon Marshall Foundation and an invitation to a private reception with Marshall after the walk.

The Brandon Marshall Foundation works to raise awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder, which Marshall himself has been diagnosed with.

“We want the community to understand that mental illness is real and no one is alone. We’re bringing people together to spread the word that treatment for mental illness works and there is hope,” the Executive Director of NAMI of Greater Chicago said in a press release.

Proceeds from the event will benefit local programs and support groups for those affected by mental illnesses and their family.

The event beings at 4 p.m. Saturday in Grant Park.