Featherweight, Inc. is a community based non- profit organization, dedicated to the education and treatment of eating disorders.
It was founded by Debbie Begeny after her 22 year old daughter, Heather, died in March 2003,of complications of Anorexia Nervosa and Ipecac abuse. Debbie realized that the scope and severity of eating disorders are often misunderstood by sufferers, their loved ones, the media and the general public.
Frustrated by the lack of available information regarding the warning signs, symptoms, and treatment of the disease, Debbie resolved to bring this hidden killer into the public light, through Featherweight Inc.
The goal of Featherweight, Inc. is to use a grassroots approach , locally, to reach out to the public by disseminating information to parents, caregivers, and victims about the warning signs, dangers, and consequences of Anorexia, Bulimia, and other related disorders. While attending events such as health fairs is important, Featherweight, Inc. plans to go where healthy people may not be.
Hold fundraising Events
Work in schools to inform and educate teachers, students, and parents.
Produce public service announcements for television, radio, and newspapers.
Contribute to local and national eating disorder organizations.
Provide funds to help with the out of pocket expenses for one patient’s long term, inpatient care.
What is Featherweight, Inc.
Our Vision- Featherweight, will be there to do what we can to educate and advocate in our community—no family needs to be left without information,referrals, and support for eating disorders
Our Goals-The goal of Featherweight, Inc. is to use a grassroots approach to reach out to the public , to parents, caregivers, and victims about the warning signs, dangers, and consequences of Anorexia, Bulimia, and other related disorders. Because we receive no government funding for operational expenses and rely on the generosity and financial support of individuals, corporations, foundations and the proceeds from events,we will focus mainly on raising funds to continue and step up our programs for outreach .
Dedicated to the awareness, education, and treatment of eating disorders
Heather Begeny, age 22
Heather was a beautiful 22 year old, with a smile that would light up a room. She was a junior in college, studying Art History. She had so much potential, and great plans for her future. All that went up in smoke on March 9, 2003. Heather dies in her sleep from complications of anorexia and bulimia.
She weighed 62 pounds.
Heather had been anorexic since 2000,
and would never seek treatment, believing she had everything under control, and embarrassed to talk to a professional. She did seem to be holding her own until a few months before her death, when she started to purge. The little bit of nourishmentshe did eat, she vomited up, with the help of Ipecac Syrup, readily available at any grocery store
Please be assured, Heather did not want to die, her mind was not her own and she had no idea what she was doing to herself, despite what everyone loved her was saying. Her friends comment "Heather never seemed depressed, ever." She always had her trademark smile. The night before she died, we went shopping at the mall, and stopped for lemon ice. Heather felt , or said she felt, that she was in control and would be all right.
"The loss of my precious daughter is unimaginable. I cannot see a life without her in it. I tried so hard, but her eating disorder had a stronger hold on her than I. I think about her constantly, and will miss her until I take my last breath. I will try, for the rest of my life, to increase public awareness of eating disorders. My Heather did not die for nothing, I cannot believe her death didn't have as much of a substantial purpose as her life did. She will live on in me and all those her loved her, and all those who will be helped by the fight to erase the scourge that is an eating disorder." - Debbie Begeny/Foudner