Linden Oaks, ANAD host 13th annual Candlelight Vigil for eating disorders

April 11, 2016
candlelight Linden Oaks Behavioral Health and the National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders (ANAD) will host the 13th annual Candlelight Vigil for those affected by eating disorders on Monday, May 16 from 5:45 - 7:30 p.m.

The event will be held in the Healing Garden at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health on the campus of Edward Hospital, 801 S. Washington St. in Naperville. The theme of this year’s Vigil is “Planting Seeds of Hope.”

“This year, our presentations will truly highlight the theme of our event as our speakers who are now in recovery will be sharing their inspiring messages and planting seeds of hope for those still in treatment,” says Erin Terada, Clinical Director, Linden Oaks Eating Disorder Program.

“This event is a powerful opportunity for those in recovery to share their stories, reconnect with former patients and families, and give hope to others as well as themselves,” says Deb Prinz, Director of Community Relations, ANAD.

More than 300 people are expected to attend the Vigil, which is open to the public and held each year to motivate and encourage recovery, provide support for families, to commemorate those who have lost their lives and recognize those who have recovered and survived.

The Vigil will feature speeches by recovering/recovered eating disorders patients and family members whose loved ones passed away due to eating disorders, musical performances, presentations by former Linden Oaks eating disorder program patients and a candle lighting ceremony. In addition, there will be a kids zone with children’s art activities.

ANAD, founded in 1976, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of eating disorders.  For more information, visit www.anad.org or call (630) 577-1333.

The Linden Oaks Eating Disorders Program, designated a Center of Excellence by The Joint Commission, offers four levels of care with the latest techniques designed to help adults and adolescents recover from anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders. For more information, visit https://www.eehealth.org/services/behavioral-health/specialties/eating-disorders. For a free assessment, call the Linden Oaks Help Line at (630) 305-5027.