Project Mar;a’s mission is to increase education about and advocacy for treatment of eating disorders in Rock County, Wisconsin, and the US via dissemination of information.  At this point, we have begun working with local schools to ensure that students have access to resources in their health classes, guidance/counseling offices, and on district websites.  We also aim to increase treatment services in the area.

This organization was named after Maria Dorn, a beautiful soul who loved art, reading, and was passionate about civil rights and helping those with eating disorders. She fought anorexia nervosa for 3 years and lost her battle in December of 2015.  Although she is gone, her memory remains, inspiring us to serve others.

Upcoming Events

  1. 2017 Madison NEDA Walk

    September 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 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.