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Sailor Brinkley Cook and Jack Brinkley Cook Named ‘Race of Hope’ Grand Marshals

By HRES Staff Writer - July 24, 2019

Fourth Annual Summer Fundraising Event from Hopefor Depression Research Foundation

On Sunday August 4, 2019, at 8:30 AM, Hopefor Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) will host the fourthannual Race of Hope to defeat depression, led by GrandMarshals Sailor Brinkley Cook and Jack Brinkley Cook,HDRF Founder Audrey Gruss and Arthur Dunnam. At the Race, more than 600 racers will take a beautiful three-mile route aroundLake Agawam in Southampton Village.

The USA Track and Field sanctioned event willraiseawareness and funds for advanced depression research. In 2018, more than 500participants of all ages helped raise more than $250,000, with every dollarraised going directly to research.  

Sailor Brinkley Cook and Jack Brinkley Cook arethe children of supermodel Christie Brinkley and part of an iconic Hamptonsfamily with deep roots in the East End. Both in their early 20s, the siblingsrepresent a post millennial generation that is not only more open about mentalhealth issues, but also increasingly vulnerable. Rates of depression andsuicide among teens have risen sharply in the past decade, according to recentstudies.

The Race of Hope brings the community together toturn the tide on depression through research and education.  It issupported by localresidents including Jamee and PeterGregory, Kim Heirston, Leonard and Judy Lauder,MarigayMcKee and Bill FordKitty & Bill McKnight IIIThomasC. Quick, Scott SnyderLisa M. AerySerenaBowmanSharon BushSusan GutfreundYazand Valentin HernandezThe Honorable and Mrs. Earle MackMargoM. and James L. NederlanderRobert NederlanderHilaryGeary RossClelia and Tom Zacharias.

Participants comefrom all over the tristate area and beyond, including professional andfirst-time runners, walkers, corporate teams, families, and children,to unite as a community to raise awareness about this widespread, costly andoften deadly illness.  HDRF funds groundbreaking research that willtransform the way depression is viewed, diagnosed, treated and prevented. Toparticipate, please visit

All Race participants receive a commemorativelong-sleeve quarter zip pullover shirt, short-sleeve moisture-wicking techshirt, race hat, and huge ­finisher medal; and prizes are awarded for best timein different age categories as well as for the top individual fundraiser andtop fundraising team.

Registration Information:

·       Date:Sunday August 4, 2019

·       MeetingPoint: The Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY

  • Time: Check-inbegins at 7:15 AM and the Race of Hope begins at 8:30 AM. Breakfast treatswill be served at 9:15am before the award ceremony takes place.  
  • Cost:  Youth (14& under) Up To Race Day $15| Students Up To Race Day: $20| Adults: Sat. 6/1/19: $30 | Sun. 7/7/19: $35 | Sat. 8/3/19 –Early Packet Pick Up: $40 |Sun. 8/4/19 – Race Day: $50
  • Strollersand Dogs welcome

Audrey Grussfounded HDRF in April 2006 in memory of her mother Hope, who struggled withclinical depression. Today, HDRF is the leading nonprofit organization focusedsolely on depression research and public education. The World HealthOrganization has declared depression as the leading cause of disabilityworldwide, but despite its prevalence, depression is still misunderstood,underfunded and under-researched. The mission of the HDRF is to fund innovativeneuroscience research into the origins, medical diagnosis, new treatments, andprevention of depression and its related mood disorders – bipolar disorder,postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, andsuicide.

To date, HDRF hasprovided more than $30-million through over 125 grants for breakthroughdepression research that promises to transform the way depression is viewed,diagnosed, treated and prevented. 

What is HDRF, and a quick overview of theirwork/achievements in the past decade:

·       HDRFis the leading non-profit dedicated solely to advanced depression research. 

·       AudreyGruss founded the organization in 2006 in memory of her mother, Hope, whostruggled with depression.

·       Themission of HDRF is to fund cutting-edge neuroscience research into the origins,diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of depression and other related mooddisorders.

·       In2010, HDRF launched its Depression Task Force – a collaboration of sevenleading scientists, at the frontiers of brain science, from different researchinstitutions across the U.S. and Canada. To accelerate breakthrough research,they share ongoing results, in real-time, at the HDRF Data Center.

About Depression: 

·       Inthe United States, depression affects more than 18 million adults each year.

·       Depressionis the leading cause of suicide. In the United States, one person dies bysuicide every 12 minutes – over 41,000 people per year.

·       Depressionis the number one cause of disability worldwide.

·       Depressioncosts US society $210-billion annually – 60% of which represents reducedefficiency at work and costs related to suicide.

Depression and Suicide in Teens

·       Between2009 and 2017, rates of depression among kids ages 14 to 17 increased by morethan 60%, according to a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

·       Thesuicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between2006 and 2016, the latest data analysis available from the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention.  Although black children and teens kill themselvesless often than white youth do, the rate of increase was higher – 77%.

The Crisis in Research and Treatment 

·       Morethan 50% of those diagnosed with depression do not respond to existingtreatments. 

·       Althoughdepression is one of the most serious and prevalent conditions in the US, it isranked 77th (out of 250) in the amount of federal funding it receives.

·       Mostof the major pharmaceutical companies have discontinued brain research.

What Makes HDRF Different

·       TheDepression Task Force represents the most innovative approach to neuroscienceresearch today.

·       TheTask Force has created an unprecedented research plan with each memberexecuting a piece of the plan in their own laboratories. They are not goingdown well-worn paths of research. They have identified major challenges in thefield and are laser-focused on the areas where the field is stuck. 

·       Theyshare results in real-time at a centralized data bank. This allows them toleverage data to accelerate research. This is unheard of in the entirescientific research field which is normally competitive and not collaborative.

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