10th Thumbs Up turns darkness into light

Thumbs Up fundraising tops $1 million mark for money raised from 2014-2023

by Jim Boyle

Editor Elk River Star News

The 10th anniversary of the Thumbs Up 5K and 10K Walk, Run, and Bike event brought a mixture of tears and laughter on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Orono Park in Elk River.

The event, which has brought light to a once-taboo subject and support to people who find themselves or a loved one battling mental illness, was a smashing success.

Smashing in terms of the records broken and the amount of new life breathed into the Thumbs Up organization that first changed the dialogue on the subject of mental health and, over the years, has moved into overdrive on action.

“It was such an incredible day,” Thumbs Up Founder and Executive Director Katie Shatusky said on the Wednesday after the event. “I am still trying to soak it all in. There was so much goodness and healing. The event always reinspires me and fills my cup in so many ways.”

It was announced at the event that Thumbs Up supporters have helped achieve a significant milestone. More than $1 million has been raised between 2014 and 2023. The total stands at $1,004,140 as of Sept. 20.

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