“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." - John Bingham
When I was 14 years old, I tried to take my own life. I was not successful, thankfully, and I went into treatment for my depression after that. I learned what it meant to live a life worth living, and I learned that I find my value in who I am to God. It's still a struggle for me, sometimes, and I am thankful for what the ASFP does for those who are in need of treatment.
Then, on March 19, 2017, I got the worst phone call of my life. My 18 year old brother, Nolan, had died the night before. When I'd heard that he took his life, I couldn't believe it. I thought someone played a sick joke on me, and that when I drove home for the services, I would see him again. I never would. The last time I saw him, he asked if I would go on a field trip with him. The night before, we talked about how I made a goal to run a marathon in my lifetime. Fitness was a large part of his life, though, admittedly, cardio exercise wasn't his thing.
When I felt the heaviness from the grief, I started running. I decided to make my goal to run the Chicago marathon in 2018, and here we are. I'd love that I can donate my time and energy to help fundraise for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They help people struggling with mental illness, as well as those who are struggling after a suicide loss. This cause is very near to my heart. Thank you for helping me meet (and hopefully, exceed) my fundraising goal of $1,000. I'll see you at the finish line, personally or virtually.
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page and please wish me luck completing my training and getting to the starting line healthy. I 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.