Project Mar;a is a non-profit organization formed in 2016 with the mission of creating an environment of healing for those with eating disorders via education, support, and advocacy.

Project Mar;a was formed in response to the tragic death of Maria Dorn, a loving, creative, passionate young woman who struggled with anorexia nervosa. Our organization honors Maria’s life by aiming to ease the challenges posed by eating disorders, especially for those in Rock County, Wisconsin.  

Upcoming Events

  1. Summit on Youth Mental Health

    January 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. 3rd Annual Art Jam

    June 16, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Project Mar;a has accomplished much since its inception. The following are just a few ways we have helped spread awareness.

04/17/16 - A team attended the Sixth Annual Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention in Madison.

06/11/16 - We hosted the First Annual Art Jam.

09/19/16 - Informational booth at Southern Wisconsin Mental Health Conference

10/01/16 - A team and informational booth were present at NAMI Paint the Town Yellow, a suicide prevention walk in Janesville. We also sent Board members to Chicago to attend the NEDA Conference.

10/09/16 - A team attended the 2016 Madison NEDA Walk; Michael Dorn was a speaker.

11/16/16 - Michael Dorn was a guest speaker at Madison College for a class in Recreation Management. He also begins speaking each semester in Milton HS freshmen health classes regarding eating disorders.

02/16/17 - Alita Dorn presents to Mercyhealth Family Practice Residents

03/03/17 - We co-hosted our first Care Cards event with JM4C in Janesville to celebrate Eating Disorder Awareness Week. All cards produced were sent to patients in local eating disorder treatment facilities.