On October 1st, 2015 my brother, Lee took his life after a long battle with depression. He was a kind, sweet, fun loving family man. Lee left behind a dear wife, two wonderul young girls, two sisters and a wake of sadness. We all miss him terribly.
Almost two years to the day (October 8, 2017) my husband Ben and I will be running the Chicago Marathon to honor my brother along with some incredibly supportive friends, fundraisers, and athletes; Andy Carrier, Brian Dubois, Dianna Glass, Lauren & Paulo Guilhardi, Linda Hurteau, Cindy Scott and Kevin Sheahan.
We will spend this summer training for the marathon and running its 26.2 miles for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), which has the mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. The money we raise will help with scientific research, educating the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention and support survivors of suicide loss and people at risk. By running for all of us that have been touched in some way by suicide, we hope to help reach AFSPs goal of reducing the suicide rate by 20% in 2025.
Please help us reach our fundraising goal. Any contribution will help the work of AFSP and all donations are 100% tax deductible. Donating online is safe and easy. To make an online donation please click the "Donate Now" button at the top of this page.
Thank you for visiting our fundraising page and please wish us luck completing our training and getting to the starting line. Team Grateful-Lee will take it from there.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in our latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.