Jamie Silver founded Ben’s Memorial Mile in honor of her son, Ben, following his suicide and battle with schizophrenia.
Ben was a track athlete par excellence. While a student of Downers Grove North High School, he was a four-time all-state track and cross-country runner. However, a series of injuries from high school through his sophomore year of college sidelined his running. Ben’s academics struggled as a result.
After that he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Though Ben’s struggles with this terrible illness eventually led to him taking his life in July 2015, the influence he had as a family member, friend, teammate, captain, and competitor lives on.
Buy your raffle tickets for our 10-year anniversary. Proceeds will not only benefit Ben’s Memorial Mile, but they will also honor all who struggle with mental illness.
We’ll post a list of prizes soon. Call (630) 964-4008 if your business would like to donate a raffle prize.
Source: Ben’s Memorial Mile